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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: "paul w. peters" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:14:09 -0000
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend
I am Barr. Paul W. Peters, a personal attorney to a deceased client, a
national of your country, who was a Shell consultant here in my country.
On the July 2009, My client and his entire family was involved in the
Lokoja-Abuja Road accident, which 33 die in the auto crash and unfortunately
him and
entire family lost their lives.

Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended
relatives, but all efforts to no avail. After the several unsuccessful
attempts, I decided to contact you since your bear the same last name.

I have contacted you to seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased so that his proceeds valuded at $14.7M, can be release to you
as his next of kin, then we will share it on a mutual agreement.

Most especially now that the bank where he had this Deposit valued at about
(USD14.7M) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
Deposit confiscated within the next thirty official working days.

I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me with
the below information to indicate your interest.

(1) Your Full Name:-------------------------------------
(2) Full residential address:------------------------
(3) Phone and Fax Number:- ------------------------
(4) Age:---- ------------------------------------------------
(6) Your alternative email address: ------------------

I am waiting to hear from you.
Best regards,
Paul W. Peters

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