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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: "Gen.sir.peter.devlin" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Gen.sir.peter.devlin" <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:07:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Dear friend!!

My Dear, I got your message but i dont blame you but Note is a pleasure to meet you as a friend and God's sent person i can use to reach the needed poor children around your location and now i have considered you as the person I can use to reach the needed children around your Location since you have already known my Mind and about humanity and charity I believe together we can work for good by helping the poor children and less privileged with this fund, Note that i can't involved myself as a deceiver because am a military man also a Christian,

Then i will Found any delivery company around to deposit this luggage box with a cheque $2.7 million USD,with your information's which i have here now and there will contact you once i made the deposit and Note that the company will continue this delivery in your favor as soon as possible,

And now you will promise me that you are not going to disappoint me and the poor motherless or squander this fund because I'm not going to send this fund to a person who will squander it just like that in terms of helping the poor while squandering the fund just like that, So i need your answer before i continue this arrangement with you because i hate disappointment and cheater who didn't know that poor peoples needs help thank you and am waiting to hear from you immediately and attachment is ID CARD,

God bless you as i urgently wait for your Response

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