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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: Gil Williams <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 09:48:56 -0800
Subject: Hello Good Day

Hello Good Day,

I am an investment banker in one of the leading private banks in the
United Kingdom.I am writing to solicit your partnership in moving the
sum of £8.5Million GBP,currently domiciled in our bank by one of our
esteemed customers.To put this in perspective,I was the personal
account officer of the deceased who lost his life in the middle of
last year during the peak of the covid-19 pandemic.Also send me your
full name,address including your telephone number immediately I
receive this information from you I will furnish you with full

Thank you.
James Jr.

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