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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: fund office <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2021 04:12:50 +0100
Subject: Barrister Datti Williams

Hello My Dear Friend,

How are you and your family? I hope everybody is fine. I am happy to inform
you that i did later by the grace of God completed the transaction
successfully with another partner.

The total fund was transferred to the new partner that i presented to the
bank. Now I am outside my country due to the urgency for investment project
with my New partner. However, I did not forget your past efforts and
assistance to me to see that the funds was approved with the bank, So, I
have given to My Secretary Mr. Tom Bello an ATM CARD that contains the sum
of US$2,,000.000 (Two Million Dollars)

Please, accept this token of appreciation and God bless you.

Below is the contact details of My Secretary Mr. Tom Bello

Name: Mr. Tom Bello
Tel:: +234-8089619672

You should contact him at your earliest convenient so that the ATM CARD can
be sent to you, so that you can withdraw from your international bank ATM

I wish you the best in all your future endeavors. I will also call you
at my earliest convenient.

Your brother and partner,

Barrister Datti Williams

NB: Remember to put this 8- lettered word ("GRACE-771") as the subject
of your email so that he will know that you are the rightful beneficiary of
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