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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: "Mrs. Remy Pejo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:25:16 +0700
Subject: Your Urgent Responses Is Needed

Dear Friend,   My name is Mrs. Remy Pejo,  Staff of  reputable  International organization, I know that this mail might come to you as a surprise  because we neither know each other nor has ever met. I got your contact details in my search for a reliable and neutral person to partner  with me.
I want you to work with me to stand as a beneficiary to receive a discountable Bank Guarantee on Contracted projects in Haiti and Sudan which has been completed and commissioned and you will receive thirty percent of the total value of the Bank Guarantee.
All Details will be furnished to you when you indicate your interest in  partnering with me in this life time venture.
Please contact me urgently via ( )
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Remy Pejo.

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