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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: brice peno <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 14:39:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Urgent to hear from you.


Dearest One,

How are you? Hope you are fine.
Please, permit me to inform you of my desire of going into long time relationship and financial transaction for our mutual benefits.

I am Brice Peno, I am 22 years of age, I'm the daughter of the Late Col Joe Peno. My father was Gold Agent in Abidjan( Ivory Coast ).Before the death of my father on 20th February 2003 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of USD$8 Million Dollars deposited in a box at the SECURITY COMPANY here in Abidjan that he used my name as his beloved daughter for the next of kin in depositing the fund. And that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, he also told me that the Security Company officials dose not know that the content of the box in their custody is containing raw cash rather he told them that it is containing family valuables.
Yours sincerely,
Brice Peno

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