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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: Victor Brown <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 13:46:09 +0000
Subject: From Victor Brown

HelloI am Barr. Victor Brown, Attorney to Late Mr. Peter Kim a foreigner and an Engineer with A.P.Z construction company. Late Peter Kim has an account with a Bank here, which he opened in 2003. He died here in U.K 2004,I received a memo early last year from the Bank remittance department for an interview about $14M USD that belongs to my client Late Mr. Peter Kim, the bank informed me on their policy to freeze the account of Late Mr. Peter Kim, I was asked to redirect the ($14m usd) back to government treasury because they saw no next of kin in his entire file within the bank and his account has been dormant for years which is against the policy of the Bank. I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner as the foreign beneficiary to that fund. I have resolved to share the money in this ratio.50% for me, 35% for you, 10% for the remittance manager in the bank who has agreed to guide us for the success of our objectives and 5% for expenses we might incur in the processing of this transaction. You can also call me with this number: +44 702 409 2891 Regards, Bar. Victor Brown esq

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