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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 Egobia <>
Reply-To: Peter Egobia <>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:21:55 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Friend,

My Name is Peters Egobia, a citizen of United Kingdom. I will like
to invest in your country/company, but I don't know anybody whom I can
trust to do business together that will help me invest my fund
properly without having problems Therefore, I am searching for a
reliable and trust worthy person to assist me that is my reason of
contacting you to know if you will be of assistance to me I have $7.5M
dollars to invest in a profitable business in your country/company.

The money is right now in a private security vault in Europe. If you
can handle it then let me know so that we shall plan how to meet
ourselves to workout modalities.Contact me back if you are interested
and send me I am looking at investing the fund into Real Estate
Business, Such as commercial Buildings, Hotels, and Resorts centers I
am looking forward to your favorable response through my private

Best Regards.

Mr Peters Egobia
Call Me on My Direct Line: +447031979483

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