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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 Komo." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:17:05 +0100
Subject: With Due Respect.10/12/2014.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please note that my client would like to invest in your country and if you can assist us to invest in a profitable areas that would yield profits kindly get back to me for a detailed information on how to proceed with this project.

If you are really interested to assist do reply as soon as you receive this email for more details .

Thank you and waiting for your response.


Mr Peter.

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