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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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Fraud email example:

From: damian peters <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:44:29 +0100
Subject: Contact Him Immediately

From:Mr Damian Peters,
How are you doing. Hope you have not forgotten me, I am Mr Damian Peters.The man who contacted you from Nigeria some time ago to assist me secure the release of some money accrued from the over invoicing of a contract that was awarded by my government through myministry during the militry regime some years ago.Though you were not able to asist meconclude the transaction, I'm happy to inform you about my success ingetting those funds transffered under the assistance and cooperation of a new partnerfrom Paraguay.

Presently i'm in South Korea for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile, ididn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assit me in transffering those funds, I made sure you are not leftout in the benefit of the transaction hence I kept aside for you acertified cashier cheque covering the sum of $850,000.00. (eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United state Dollars).I and my new partner agreed to compensate you with that amount for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,so feel free to get in touch with my secretary Rev.Father John Clark and instruct him on how to send the certified cashier cheque to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive the cheque so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferness at that time. Also use the part of the money for poor and motherlessbabies.

In the moment, i'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally,remember that i had left instruction to my secretary so as soon as you contact him, he will send the cheque to you,so feel free to get intouch with Rev.Father John Clark.Below is the contact of my secetary:

Rev.Father John With best regardsDamian Peters

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