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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: "Gov. Mr.Godwin Emefiele" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 23:55:11 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Dear Beneficiary,

After I received a fax message from your Next of Kin Mr. Williams Thomas
who informed me that you are dead in an auto accident, he claimed he is
your next of kin and he further provide to me the below account for
immediate transfer.

Mr. Williams Thomas

Account No: 567-878-656

Swift code: BOA-56578

Routing No: 657-787

Bank of America

Your next of Kin Mr. Williams Thomas requested for immediate transfer of
the US$5 Million into the above account which I have prepared all
documents of claim on his name because I have not heard from you for a long
time. I did believe him but I insisted on your behalf to contact you to
enable me to confirm if you are still alive or dead. Please confirm your
health condition through the following
e-mail:( kindly
reconfirm your personal information below:

Your full name

Your home address

Your telephone number

Your fax number

You are advised to reconfirm the above listed information if you are still
alive and Who is Mr. Williams Thomas, his Mr. Williams Thomas your next of
kin? Please get back to me so that I can know the next step to follow
regarding the out standing $5Million.


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