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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: "Kelvin Peterson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:08:58 -0500
Subject: Greeting to you

Greeting to you

How are you doing today i hope all is well with you and your family, My name is Kelvin Peterson, I work as an accountant with the united nations

here in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA, I want to bring to your notice in respect of your compensation worth $3.5m United State Dollars funds coming

from Africa, This is to inform you that you are kindly advice not to send any money to anyone over there in Africa because your funds is presently

here in our bank here in the UNTED STATE OF AMERICA.

I will kidnly want you to please re-confirm this information and get back to me with the below details for immediate procedure.

Your Name:
Your Address:
Your country:
Your direct phone Number:

My Email:
Direct Phone: 3049181786

Note: I will kindly advice you to keep this letter a very confidencial one and never let out to anyone until this transfer s been completed becuase

we dont know who is next to you.

Less i forget i will also want you to kindly get back to me with the name of your next of Kin and also a scan copy of your driver License.

I hope to hear from you sonest.

Thanks and Remain Blessed
Kelvin Peterson
Representing United Nations.

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