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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: "ken peter" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 01:43:25 +0100


Dear Winner

We apologise, for the delay of your payment and all the
inconveniences and inflict that we might have indulged you
through. However, we were having some minor problems with
our payment system, which is inexplicable, and have held us
stranded and indolent, not having the aspiration to devote
our 100% assiduity in accrediting foreign payments.

We apologise once again, from the records of outstanding
winners due for payment with {Euro African Lottery Award
2006}your name and particular was discovered as next on the
list of the outstanding winners who have not yet received
their payments. I wish to inform you now that the square
peg is now in the square whole and can be voguished for
that your payment is being processed and will be released
to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note
that from our record in our file, your outstanding winning
payment is US$950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand,
United States Dollars)

Payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or
wire transfer into a nominated bank account of your choice,
as soon as you get in touche with our registered claim
agent, MR.Chris Allen, E-mail:
and provide him with the following details, as this will
enable him to process and release of your cash prize
without any delay.

1) Your full name, address.
2) Phone, fax.
3) Company name, position.
4) Profession, age and marital status.

Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to
swear affidavits of lotto claim on your behalf. Upon reply
to this mail, please reply through this email address:

Yours Sincerely,

Mr Ken Peter
Lottery Coordinator

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