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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: "Sir. John Wilfred Peace" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:12:07 -0500
Subject: Please are you capable to keep this deal as top secret?

Hello dear,
I am Sir John Wilfred Peace, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc, a
British multinational banking and financial services company. I will
be happy to work this deal out with you if you have a corporate or
personal Bank Account and if you are capable to keep this deal TOP
SECRET. The fund involved in this deal is worth Five hundred Million
United State dollars($500,000,000.00).

I need a strong assurance that you will never let me down, if I
transfer this money to your account. Tell me more about yourself,while
I look forward to hearing from you, I want to assure you that this
business is risk free and you can send an empty account to receive the
funds,provided that the account is capable to receive huge incoming

Thank you for your time and attention.

Warmest regards,
Sir John Wilfred Peace.
Call my direct phone number for oral discussion: +447045722785

Please for God's sake and my image if you are not interested to do
this business kindly delete this message and keep it to yourself as a

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