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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 Iwegbu <>
Reply-To: Peter Iwegbu <>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:38:49 +0000 (UTC)

Access Bank Nigeria Plc.
Plot 1665, Oyin Jolayemi Street
Victoria Island, Lagos State
Tel:+ 2347043517341


As a result of the multi-lateral agreement which we recently entered into with the government of Nigeria and the United Nations (Global Intervention Fund Unit), we are therefore contacting you with details of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Your unpaid contracts/inheritance and Lotto winning money,which has stood in the balance for so many years,has been directed to be released to you through our office, ACCESS Bank,Nigeria.

Before we proceed, you are advised to respond to this email, stating your full details,and other necessary information that will ultimately aid us in the speedy processing of your payment.


Peter Iwegbu.

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