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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: Barrister Datti Williams <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 23:29:52 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Attention: Beneficiary,

Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due
to my tight schedules. I did not forget your past effort and attempts
to assist me, now I'm happy to inform you that I have succeeded in
getting those Funds transferred under the co-operation of a new
partner from Japan.

Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist
me in that process despite that it failed us at that time, due to no
trust. Now, I want you to contact my secretary, her name is Mrs Rose
Akam and email address is ( ), Arrange with her on
how the total sum of two MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS (
$2,000,000,00USD ) will reach you safely which I have already kept for
your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me
in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.
Please send the below information to him to enable him to get back to
you immediately.

(3) PHONE NUMBER.......

Regards From.
Barrister Datti Williams (esq)

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