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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 Scott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 02:27:03 +0100
Subject: Your Letter

From: Peter Scott,
Private Email:

I apologize if the contents hereunder are contrary to your moral ETHICS, but please treat it with absolute secrecy and personal courtesy. I am PETER SCOTT, i wish to notify you again
that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of GBP4,000,000.00 (Four Million British Pound Sterling) in the intent of the deceased (name now withheld since this is our
second letter to you). You have neen favoured to be presented as the beneficiary to the inheritance since there is no written will.

Our legal services aim to provide our private clients with a complete service. We are happy to prepare wills, set-up and administer Trusts,carry out the administration of estates and
prepare and administer powers of attorney. All the papers concerning the funds will be processed in your acceptance. In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly
forward to us your letter of acceptance, your current telephone and fax numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division
for the release of the funds.

Kindly find below an email in which you can contact me directly, I look forward to hearing
from you, with warmest personal regards and best wishes.
Peter Scott Esq

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