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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: nur munif <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:14:59 +1030
Subject: lottery winner

I just wanted you to know that I have received email from these two people telling me that I have won the car and big sum of money. Can you please find out about this .When I asked them if I could know the car dealer who is responsible for my delivery of this faboulous prize they send me this policy.




Thursday, 20 August 2009 11:38:24 PM


I received your mail and would like to inform you that the content was
well noted.I called you yesterday on the telephone but looks like you
didn't understand who was calling.

However,you are to understand that this company does not accept payment
by check due to its policy.Previously,we had received some bad check
from clients which cause us problem with the British government.

Therefore,all payments must be in cash and most be transferred via western union or money gram only.Please take not.

Your preferred option is 1,491.85 AUD and be paid before shipment can be started.

Thank you for your understanding.
Yours in service,
Dwight Charlton.
Thanks and Kind Regards
Nur Munif

Peugeot Auto-mobiles headquarters, 19 Ul,
Essex, PE9 2YP, London

United Kingdom.


Attention:Mrs Munif,

I hereby use
this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claims requirement
regarding the winning notification mail you received, informing you of
the prize you have won courtesy Peugeot Automobiles United
Kingdom, after the verification process was conducted I wish to inform
you that the Administrative department and promotions department has
just approved your payment of the tune of 300,000.00 GBP. (Three
Hundred Thousand United kingdom Pounds Sterlingî–¬) a certified hard copy
of the cheque of the said sum has been written in your name, Your
certificate of winnings and your form b1 (otherwise known as the
clearance certificate) and along side the keys and the documents of
shipment of your brand new Peugeot car has been compiled in as a
consignment and sent to our official security Courier company in your

The security
company will be responsible for the remittance of the entire winnings,
and your Lottery Winnings documents which is of high importance to
you, so I expect you to show great appreciation to Peugeot Automobiles
as a great firm haven been in existence for years and has single
handedly made this promotion possible in other to promote the use of
Peugeot cars in every corner of the world through the means of the
internet as a global source of reaching people world wide. incase you
still have doubts arising from the angle of how you got selected,
note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic
email ballot system our aim was to select winners through the internet which
will be a much more easier way to select winners all around the
universe due to the fact that only you alone have access to your email
so have no fear , for you have emerged a winner as far as you are the
original proprietor to the email account which you have received the
winning notification letter as distributed by Mr. Dominic Gerald the
lottery manger of this great promotion .

furtherance, to begin the final step of the claims process you are
advised to contact the security firm whose details are furnished below
and they shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to
you and you shall be expected to pay some fees along the line by the
security firm for the delivery of your cheque and documents this fees
will not be more than nomal shipping charges which we feel will not be
a problem to you.

Before your winnings was released to security company a hard cover insurance policy was placed on your winnings by Peugeot Automobiles to avoid any harm or illegal channeling due to this, deduction of any amount of money from your cheque cannot be done from your Won
prize. The instructions given inline with the rules and regulation of
the British gaming board is that once you get your winning cheque you
are expected to deposit it in your personal bank account and there is a
certain assurance that the entire Three hundred thousand pounds
sterlingî–¬ you have won will be accredited into your account in not less
that three to four banking days please note.

The (Peugeot car ) you have won, which is the main reason why this event was held will be shipped by Peugeot personal to your current location without any cost and once your car get to your current destination
their agent in your locality will invite you to claim the car with the
shipment papers and car documents that is presently inside the package
you have with the Security company and as soon as you
present those documents on getting there the car will be given to you
so please make sure you contact the security company and provide them
with their request so as to enable them ship your package, as your claims officer I will also be of great assistance to you so incase of any questions feel free to contact me anytime .

Mr. Dwight Charlton.

May Courier International Ltd,
Devonshire Point,Challenge Road,
Ashford Middlesex .

Tel: +447045712667
Email: maycouriersdelivery@

Write to them
immediately upon receipt of this mail without wasting time. You are
to Furnish them with your Full Name,Telephone number and Postal
Address , Once again, keep us posted on any development with the
Security Company, in relation to your lottery winnings.

Congratulations once again.
Best Regards,
Sir Tommy Pfeiffer (claims officer).

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