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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 07:15:41 -0430
Subject: From Mr Peter Koja.

Confidential And Trusted Deal.
 I am Mr Peter Koja, Accountant of one of the
commercial bank in  COTE D'IVOIRE. I have a very confidential and urgent financial notification for you. A contract file worth US$14 Million  Dollars with the name has been noticed lying waste in our contract  and account department. As one of our international remittance director.
As one of our international remittance director, I am obliged to notify you, Now (being a foreigner),I want this money to be paid into your account for us to share 50/50, all i need from you is honest and you will promise me that you will not run away with this money. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust we have bestowed this deal,
NB: Please if you are interested with the deal, kindly respond back with your full name and address,fax/phone numbers, to enable us proceed immediately without any delay because is a deal i want this money to transfer into your bank account for too of us. Forward thos information to me for the transfer.
2. ADDRESS....
4. AGE....
5. SEX....
8. PHONE.....
9. FAX:.....

I await your earliest response. Thanks,
I require you treat this letter with the utmost
Best Regards
From Mr Peter Koja.

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