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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Barr Williams Aliwo <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 13:07:18 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

Longest time, How are you today, I hope you are doing fine? It is with
great pleasure to inform you that I have succeeded in getting the
whole funds transferred through the help of another partner from
California USA. Presently, I am in Mexico, I left California last
Monday with my own share of the total funds to Mexico for an
investment project, but I did`t forget your past efforts and attempts
to assist me that time despite that it failed us. I dropped an ATM
Master Card worth $2.500,000.00 USD to my secretary as your
compensation for your past efforts and attempted to assist me that

Kindly contact my secretary in Nigeria Mr. Felix Udo, with this email

Call him if possible after sending him an email on this line:
+23488162731392. Then arrange with him on how to receive your ATM
Master card immediately because I passed every instruction to him to
send the ATM master card to you as soon as you contact him. Presently
I am so busy here because of the investment project I have at hand in
Mexico and mostly find it difficult this time to access my email.

So, feel free to contact my Secretary in Nigeria, Mr. Felix Udo, I
left an instruction for him to send the ATM Master Card to you as soon
as you contact him, Meanwhile remember to re-confirm your full
information to him and also send him the delivering fee of $200 USD
only, I have paid for every other things.I did not pay for the courier
service fee just because I don`t know the company you may prefer for
the shipping.

Contact him on this email:

Best Regards
Barr Williams Aliwo Esq.

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