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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: Perryman Reginald <>
Reply-To: Perryman Reginald <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:40:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: Hi!

(Financial Broker & Finance Risk Control Officer)
10 Sandalwood Drive, Ruislip - Middx HA4 7JT, UNITED KINGDOM,


Are you a business minded person, can you uphold financial transaction with utmost secrecy, sincerity and seriousness? Your ability to respond and co-operate with me, will be the beginning of more good financial deals between us. I work in the Finance Risk control/Accounts Broker Unit of a prestigious bank in the United Kingdom. I have the official duty to process and release unclaimed funds to the relatives of persons who have died without placing will/testament on their monetary assets. Recently, there are multiple funds floating in the bank treasury, these funds are what I want to shift/transfer to your account for your benefit and mine.

Can you be trusted? However, as soon as you give me a reply and we conclude necessary talks; the sum of £4,000,000.00(GBP) shall be transferred to your bank account immediately. The transfer of funds to your account shall be lawfully executed in respect to the wire regulatory ethics guiding the transfer of huge fund from one country to another.

Besides, we can achieve this success of fund transfer within 5 bank working days.Due to the confidential nature of this financial deal, please indicate your interest by simply replying to this Name: Perryman Reginald with above email address.

I anticipate your urgent response to this financial matter, thank you.

Perryman Reginald.

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