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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.Peter Kim" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Peter Kim" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:14:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your Compensation Fund!!!!!

Your Compensation Fund!!!!!

We bring to your notice that your compensation fund has been deposited here in our custody yesterday morning and was registered it with western union money transfer service. the amount is 10.500,000.00 coming to you from the federal ministry of finance Benin Republic and it will be a daily payment $5,000 but the most important thing now is that you have to contact western union director for assistanceE-mail( Telephone:(+229-99932478) with your Full information's such as.

(1)Your Receiver's Name:
(2)Your Country:
(3)Your Phone Number:
(4)Your Home Address:
(5)Your ID Copy:

Make sure you contact them immediately so they can start working on your file include.

Best Regard
Mr.Peter Kim

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