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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 J . Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:27:40 -0600
Subject: Your bank draft is ready !!!

Peter J Douglas Engineering Ltd,
Grosvenor Court, Wheelhouse Road
Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1LH

Dear Friend,

I am Peter J Douglas engineering contractor that work mostly with Big Companies Like(Brookfield Multiplex, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Davis
Langdon) And more and do work abroad too , I got involved in one contract in Texas which my payment was refused, I was down and almost
lose hope. After 2 years of this contract I later talked to God to assist me in getting this money.

I made a vow to benefit someone with the sum of $1,000,000.00 as a tithe payment if my payment could be approved and to my surprise I was
called upon by the United State Government in conjuction with the IRS sometimes last month that my contract file have been looked into and
it is ready for payment.I never believed it until I was advised by my Pastor and later moved down to USA and to my unbelievable surprise I
was paid this money.

Due to my pledge to God I have agreed to show the person that i will be sending the $900,000.00 through ballot system on the internet which
happened to be your email so you are lucky.

What you have to do now is to get in touch with my secretary Mr Robert Dennis and instruct him on how to send your $1,000,000.00 Bank draft to


Mr Robert Dennis
E-mail address:
Contact Number: (910) 518-0150

Send to my secretary your contact address and telephone number,let him
make arrangement for the shipment of your draft to your doorstep and
also you can give him a call to confirm your address.

What I want you to believe now is that this is the opportunity which
God have promised
you this year so it is better you have it in time before it goes again
from you so contact my secretary in time.And for your information
presently i am in the United Kingdom for another contract so i want
you to go into prayer with me for the success of this contract.

With Best regards,
Peter J Douglas

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