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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: Edison Willy <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 15:34:45 +0100
Subject: My Dear Friend

Attn: Friend,

My name is Edison Willy Rio ,A Banker here ,I am An Account Officer
to Mr. Mikhail Watford an oligarch and Real estate magnate in the UK.
I am not comfortable contacting you via email because it is not in our
policy, but the urgency of the situation has persuaded me
tocommunicate with you via email.
Please accept my apology.I search for a reliable and a trustworthy
person to assist in financial Real Estate Investment I made
thoroughsearch via different search Engine and found your data
(Particulars) which speaks volume of your integrity and Educational
standard and immediately I decide to make this first contact with you
for a deal of $34,000,000.00USD which Mr. Mikhail Watford Deposited
with United National Bank one Month before is death which Mr. Mikhail
Watford and I know reason and Objective for the depositing funds and
till now one knows about So I want you and I to work in partnership in
transferring deposited fund out the United National Bank UK to your
designated account in which we can share in a ratio of 50% : 40% while
10% will be map out for any charges we might incur in the process
after disbursement.
Please I will like you to view Mr. Mikhail Watford Biography on till his death:
Please if you are interested in working with me communicate as soon as
your confirm receipt for more details
Thank you and God bless.
Best Regards
Edison Willy Rio
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