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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: "Dr. Fritz Kieth Peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 12:01:52 +0100
Subject: Business Proposition

Good Day! My quest in corresponding this brief to you is to sincerely and honorably relate a business proposition to you which will benefit us immensely and I would prefer we arrange a meeting in order to meet one on one in concluding this deal. As clear and direct this is going to be concluded successfully, I guarantee you that its going to deal us a great deal of money as well create and open doors to greater business opportunities. If you are interested to discuss this further do kindly relate all correspondence to my personal web contact:


Dr. Fritz Kieth Peters

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