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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:38:28 +0000
Subject: Congratulations, you won!

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

This, is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of £300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) and a brand new Peugeot 407 Car,From the International online programs held in London( United Kingdom) .

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized Email selection system(ESS) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world, The Peugeot Car Promotional Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and Also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is the 2nd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

Contact Mr Tommy Pfeiffer via Email: or telephone:+447024072797 with your secret pin code PGA00111234,your reference number PGA: 12058006/09 and the claims requirement below:

Marital Status------------------
Next Of Kin---------------------
Present- Country----------------
Secret Pin Code-----------------
Reference Number----------------

Congratulations once again!
With Best Regards
Mr. Dominic Gerard
Lottery Manager.

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