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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: Peter Cummings <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 12:04:04 +0200
Subject: hi


I am Mr.Peter Cummings,the Executive Auditor and head of computing
department,bank here in United Kingdom.This email is strictly
confidential and is for your attention only. I am making this venture
proposal to you, as a reliable partner. I got your e-mail address
through my search for a reliable person/company in your country, who
can be capable to do this transaction with me. I wish to transfer a
huge amount of thirty million pounds sterling ( 30,000,000.00). Which
belongs to Late Mr. John Hughes,theDirectorand owner of petrochemical
service from Australia. Who died since 1998 without a will. Through
my investigation, i found out that no body knows about this
account.And i am his personal account manager,i have with me all the
files concerning this fund.

However,if you can be honest,i will need your assistance by providing
a preferable empty bank account of your's,where the fund will be
transferred.After this transaction must have been achieved,you will be
given 35% of the total amount of the money,while 60% will be my share
of the total amount and 5% incase of any expenses.And i want you to
understand that this transaction is 100% risky free.I need a strong
assurance from you that you will not let me down hence the money is
transferred into your account.Moreover,i will be in your country
immediately the fund is transferred into your account for the
withdrawing and sharing of the money in your subscribed bank,and other
investment. Kindly reply me explaining your interest to be part of
this business. Kindly send your reply to my private email address

Mr.Peter Cummings

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