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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: "Mr.peter walter" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.peter walter" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:06:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: GOOD NEWS,

This Letter is From African Union Office, we want to Remind you that Hon executive President of African Union Mr Thomas Boni Yayi From Benin, and Ecowas President Dr Good Luck Jonathan From Nigeria Has Finally Sign your compensation/Inheritance Fund Release, according to the instruction Given By the American President Mr Barack Obama and European Union Executive, to release all the abandoned payment. so now your Total fund worth of $5,2million Dollars is Currently Ready at MONEY GRAM
department here,
so Ask the Agent In- charge of your fund Release with information below

Name Mr.peter walter

contact Tell: +22968511262

Fill your details below for reference purposes:
*NAME OF CUSTOMER: .........
*ADDRESS: ..........
*COUNTRY: .................
*TEL: .....................
*OCCUPATION: ..............

Note the Daily Payment is $5000 dollars so contact him with above details so that he can provide you with further Information and also know that the only thing that this Transaction will cost you is Re-activation fee of $155 dollars

Raymond Patrick

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