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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: Peter Sands <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:43:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Peter Sands

Standard Chartered Bank PLC,
1 Aldermanbury Square Private


My Name is Peter A sands, the group chief executive direct of Standard Chartered Bank London, here is my profile click the link

I wish to transfer and invest funds in the businesses like Energy, real estate, Oil and Gas, farming,mining, trade, etc, I contacted you simple, because I found your business profile fascinating.

I discovered that my branch in which I am the Chief Auditor had Fifty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand G B Pounds (55,500.000.00 GBP) of which no body/staff or director is aware of and will never be aware of, I have also PLACED this fund on ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As the Group Finance Director, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am compelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I will compensate you with 30% as gratification while 70% will be for me.  Please If you accept my offer, kindly contact me back for more details.

In course of this transaction, there are practically no risk involve because it will be a bank-to-bank transfer. Please this is very confidential transaction please.

I will appreciate your timely response.

With Regards,
Mr Peter Sands.

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