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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 Falohun" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 00:57:26 -0700
Subject: Please reply if you can be trusted in this deal.

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well. Please be informed that I have decided to contact you for a

fund transfer transaction worth the sum of US $5m usdinto your reliable bank account as the sole

NEXT-OF-KIN to the foreign deceased customer of our bank (an International Billionaire French

Businessman) who was killed with his entire family by PLANE-CRASH in Central England almost 5 years

ago. Since his death occurred, no body have show up as his next of kin for the claim because the

account is untraceable.Upon the investigation I carried out from his records, I found out that his

foreign business consultant who would have trace the account died earlier before the deceased.

Therefore, this is a confidential and sealed deal. For the success of this transaction, you should

apply and act as the only existing NEXT-OF-KIN to the deceased which our bank will replace the

deceased account information through proper documentation in position of your own account. This

transaction is risk-free, it will never harm your good reputation in your society because no one can

trace the account, and on the instant of the transfer of the fund into your account, the chapter of

this transaction will be closed entirely.Note that in a business of this nature, the bank don't want

to know your difference between the deceased country, religion or believe because our bank

inheritance law is against that. So, it is a preference for us achieve this success without any

Please note down that once the fund get transferred into your account, you will take 39% of the

total sum while the rest will be for me as I will arrange myself down to your country to take my

share. I need your urgent response and include the below info:

Full Name,
Residential Address
Marital Status,
Telephone Number:

Please reply if you can be trusted in this deal.


Mr Peter Falohun

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