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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: "Peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:58:05 +0100
Subject: Re: For Investmernt

Hello Sir,

I am writing to you on behalf of my client Chief James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State(Nigeria).

My Name is Bar.James Peters, I am the Principal Attorney to Chief James Ibori who is now convicted in a london Court. Before the judgement I presented him various offers which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully.

Chief Ibori is in a difficult situation and we must immediately relocate certain sums of money to any undisclosed bank. More so, this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Chief Ibori. The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity. Your role here is to:

(1). Receive of the funds in your account.
(2). Invest/Manage the funds in any profitable investment in your country.
(3). Value of funds: To be Disclosed on your reply.

Everything will be done legally to ensure the rights to the funds are delivered to you. If you accept to assist my client Chief Ibori, who has signed an undertaking to compensate any person who assists him secure these funds with 30% of the total funds.

If you are interested in this business, kindly Confirm to me your information as follows.

Your Full Name:
Your Full Address:
Your Direct Phone Number:
Your Sex/Age:
Your Occupation:
Your Country:

Bar. James Peters

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