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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: "dr.peco" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:13:19 +0000
Subject: From Dr.Peco William.

*Good day,*
*Greetings to you and your entire family,Please,I render my apologies for
infirging into your privacy,moreso by email which I know is considered
ingenuine these days as the internet hackers have just changed the motives
of the inventors to a source of ripping people off their hard earned
resources,I don't have an alternative source to communicate now that is why
I had to go this way at first.*
of a bank here in the republic of Togo,and I have had the intent to contact
you over this financial transaction worth the sum of NINETEEN MILLION,THREE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($19,300,000.00 )for our success.*

*This is about an abandoned sum that belonged to one of our bank's foreign
customers(name witheld),who died along with his entire family through plane
crash disaster in Benin on the 25th december 2003,click on the website below
to view the incidence:(***<>
* *
*Meanwhile I was very fortune to come across the deceased's file when I was
arranging the old and abandoned customers files in other to sign and submit
to the entire bank management for an official re-documentation and audit of
the year against 2008.*
*Be informed clearly that it was stated in our banking rules and regulations
which was signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the
period of 6 years started from the date when the beneficiary operated last
on the account,the money will be transferred into the bank's treasury as an
unclaimed bill.*
*As an honor and advantage bestowed to our foreign customers based on the
rules guiding our bank,it was stated obviously that such funds should not be
released to any local heir,you have the absolute right to claim the fund
hence you are a foreigner despite your differences from the country of
origin of the deceased.*
*So the request of you as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the claim
and transfer of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the
*On the transfer of this fund into your account,{39%}being (
US$7,527,000.00)will be your share in respect of the account provision and
your assistance rendered during the transfer of the fund into your bank
account?{52%} being (US$10,036,000.00) will be my share being the initiator
and coordinator of the transaction while the rest {9%} being
(US$1,737,000.00) will be shared to the respectable Organizations Centers
such as Charity Organization,Orphanage homes and helpless disabled people in
the World.*
*If you are really sure of your trustworthiness,accountability and
confidentiality on this transaction, contact me and agree that you will not
change your mind to cheat or disappoint me when the fund have been
remmitted into your account because I have laid all the solemn trust in you
before I decided to disclose this confidential transaction to you.*
*Besides,you should not entertain any fear because I am sure of the success
as an insider in the bank,I am occuping a sensitice position here.*
*Please try to call me immediately or send me a return email to pledge your
eagerness/interest,as soon as I hear from you,I will never delay to give you
more details about this transaction as well as the procedures we are to
follow to achieve maximum success.*
*Please reply with the assurance,include your private telephone and fax
numbers necessary for facilitating an easy communication in this
*Yours Sincerely,*
*Dr.Peco William.*

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