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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: "Prince peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 05:04:53 -0800
Subject: Read Message

Dear Sir,
I am Dr. Peters Princewell of UBC Consulting Ltd. A consulting firm to the government and I personally have relationships with persons in government. Your contact was found listed on internet business directory and it is my wish to work with you hence your receipt of this letter.
I have been instructed by my sponsor, a senior officer in government to arrange a front” from overseas to partner with us and receive good amount of money on his behalf for our overall mutual interest. He intends to invest his share in your country into real estate, buying of hotel or in any viable and profitable venture you may recommend.
Your present position or occupation is not a barrier. It does not matter whether your account has any deposit in it or not provided it can take funds transfer in the US dollars. We shall arrange for a meeting to discuss terms and condition. To enable us commence immediately on this transaction, kindly furnish me on your reply the followings:
Your Name & Company name:
Direct Private Phone & Fax number:
Position Held in the company:
Your present Location Address:
Please be assured all documentations to this will be legitimate and confirmable. Upon receipt of your mail and readiness to proceed with us more details of this proposal will be revealed to you.
Thanks and Best Regards,
Dr. Peters Princewell.

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