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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: "Mr. Bob Peter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 06:09:47 +0100


We are hereby happy to inform you that you emerge as one of the winners in the lucky pick of email address on the web.The cheque won is used as compensation to the numerous Internet users, and gotten from the non-claims of winning check of last years lotto winners in the UK lottery international promotions.

To that effect, we had to organize a lucky dip of all e-mail addresses on the internet and sectioned them into zones such as the Europe, Asia, America, Africa and the rest. Under these zones are the regions e.g. under Europe, we have London, Ireland, Scotland, Holland etc. It applies to every other zone. So to that effect, your winning fell under the African Zone and West African region.

Therefore, your winning had been sent down to the compensation agent in charge of that region in the person of Mr. Frank David. You will have to make contact with him, and follow due procedures to effect the claims of your package which contains a winning check of $1.500,000.00 (One Million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) for your prompt claims.

Finance and Security House
United Kingdom Deposit Firm
FSH Towers Chelsea T45H U.K.
TELL: +44 702 308 4522
FAX: 44 871 263 7491

At the moment, I am very busy at Sydney, Australia because of numerous assignments which I have to carry out. To that effect, I do not think you will have the opportunity of communicating with me any longer. All you need to do is reach the assigned agent: Mr. Frank David through his contact e-mail address below:

NAME: Mr. Frank David
PHONE: +234-802-765-5341

Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to Mr. Frank David at the finance house on your behalf to send the bank draft to you whenever you contact him. Please I will like you to accept this token in good faith.

However, I want you to contact him immediately you receive this email - because he will be leaving soon on a long vacation as he did not have any for the past 2 years due to over time.

My sincere advise to you as a Christian is that you should endeavor to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get your winning cheque.

We require the following information to validate and facilitate your claims:

1. Full Names: ........................
2. Residential Address: # .............
3. Phone Number:
4. Fax Number: ........................
5. Occupation: ........................
6. Sex/Gender: ........................
7. Age: ........................
8. Nationality: ........................
9. Present Country: ........................

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Bob Peter
Compensation Officer

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