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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.Peterson Tony" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Peterson Tony" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:25:13 +0000 (UTC)

>From The Desk of Mr.Peterson Tony,
General Manager, Cbn,security & Sec. Services.
E-mail: :((


I am Mr.Peterson Tony, General manager to the CBN Finance,security & Sec. Services .This note was taken in my office where I was serving verification documents to some White men Mr .David Evans and Mr.Willams Paul who stormed in my office in  company of Mr.Musa Joseph(on white African attire) The black man (Mr.Musa Joseph ) claimed to be your representative and the supervisory Engineer that supervised and Lasco  security& Sec. Services  because of their inability to have paid at the agreed time.

They said that you were dead and before your death, you appointed them as the next of kin to your contract fund presently under our custody now, these two white men and the black gentleman quickly applied that your Inherited fund should be presented to them at the spot.

The Official responsible for the presentation of consignment quickly granted approvals to their application and packaged the fund for them to go with it, When the Lasco security, company & Sec. Services Debit Note was submitted to my desk for final Approvals before forwarding it to them for endorsement,I noticed that there are discrepancies as there was no evidence of authorization letter from you for the change of beneficiary

I urgently summoned The Official responsible for the presentation of the consignment and directed him to stop the movement of the funds and at the same time placed a stop order instruction on the funds pending when your views and comments are received with regards to this matter.

Please study the attached photograph and respond to me urgently for your comments which will be highly appreciated, but we will not hesitate to continue the payment transmission to them if no response comes from you.
Immediately as your silence will be a clear indication that you authorized them to effect the above changes.

Mr.Peterson Tony
General Manager,
CBN Finance And Security Company

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