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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. Adrian Peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 10:50:32 -0400
Subject: Get in touch as soon as possible


I am Mr. Adrian Peters, working with the Credit Finance Group UK, I wish to place your name as the beneficiary to Fifteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars due to the death of a depositor who died many years ago with her family.

I need your cooperation to partner with me in this deal.

KIndly indicate interest in your reply.

Warm regards,
Mr. Adrian Peters.

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