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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: Kenneth Williams <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 08:53:03 +0000
Subject: Hello



Greetings, to you. I have come across your name and contact as I
search the mail for a very good partner.

Briefly I will explain a business to you and if it would be to your
interest, then we can move ahead to effectively build this business

I have inherited the sum of 5 million dollars from my late father. The
funds had been with a bank here in my country.

As a result of some agreement clause, they could not release the funds
to me here locally.

In one occasion I went to the bank, a director of the bank called me
and explained to me that even if I want to transfer the funds out to
the account of a foreign partner, that it would take much time,
lawyers and many expenses. He explained to me that the rigors are so
much and most foreign partners might not be interested to involve in
such expenditure because of the fear of scam.

He advised me that, I can get a foreign partner but instead of
transferring the funds to the account of the foreign partner, the bank
will offer an ATM card to my partner.

The ATM card is a PREMIUM PLATINUM CARD and this would allow us to
make withdrawals of the fund in your country to the tune of
50,000-100,000 dollars per day.

He explained to me that the card is good and would be sent to the
contact of my foreign partner by DHL or FEDEX.

If you are interested to partner with me I will will give you 20
percent of the funds, please reach back to me for details and we can
also discuss my investment plans.

Kind Regards,
Kenneth Williams.

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