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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: Tom Williams <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2022 12:08:19 -0700
Subject: Re: Your Response

Attn: Dear,


I am Tom Williams a Account Officer to Late Alex Hernandez who works
with the Mobile Oil Company who died in auto crash Last Year 2021,
before his sudden death he left USD$12.800.000.00 Million in a fixed
Deposit Account here in the Bank As his personal Account Officer the
bank Authorize me to look for his relatives to come forward to claim
his (Funds) as inheritance/Next of kin but I have not been able to
locate any his family,So I humbly need your Assistance to receive
these Funds into your Account as the Next of Kin, this transaction
must kept confidential between me and you, i will present you at the
Bank as Next of Kin.

I guarantee you NO Risk and will be successful without any problem.
You will take 60% of the total Funds receive into your Account and 40%
for me.

Meanwhile you should indicate your interest by sending me your full
details below :

Full Name:


Telephone numbers:



As soon as i receive above information, you will be furnished with all details,

Thanks, for your participation.

Mr.Tom Williams.
+447 0240 67534.
My E-mail contact :

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