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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: "James peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:31:20 -0700
Subject: Good day,


I know that you might be surprised to receive this strange email, but I am telling you the truth. I know it's against my official duty to release confidential issue like this to an outsider. I am taking this bold step because of my belief as a Christian.

I want to tell you about your Inheritance/Compensation Fund, there are lots of forces working against you which including Top officials of all the Banks here, they have been frustrating people by demanding payments from them constantly, If I tell you that they are using all these money you sent to them to work against you, you might not believe it. But it is reality.

There is a way I can assist you to get your fund without you paying any charges, it is risky but one have to take it, I have assisted one woman from Allen Texas, USA and it worked out though her fund was US$25.5m. What you have to do is to open a new bank account any where, if you can open it in a different bank, it will be nice, but you have to bear in mind that you would re-transfer the fund to another account immediately you confirm it in your account, I know why I want it this way.

If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this message, if I make the transfer next week, it might be next six months that they will find out and by then, you must have re-transferred the fund into another account. If you have any information that would help us to fish out these impostors that have been destroying the image of our good country, kindly release them to me.

Get back to me as soon as you receive this email so that I will be in a better position to know what to do.

Yours sincerely
Mrs. Attorney James Peters

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