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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. Bob Peter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2018 21:20:34 +0500


We are hereby happy to inform you that you emerge as one of the winners in
the 2018 lucky pick of email address on the web.The cheque won is used as
compensation to the numerous Internet users, and gotten from the
non-claims of winning cheque of last year's lotto winners in the UK lottery
international promotions.

To that effect, we had to organize a lucky dip of all e-mail addresses on
The web and sectioned them into zones such as the Europe, Asia, America,
Africa and the rest. Under these zones are the regions e.g. under
Europe,we have London Ireland, Scotland, Holland etc. It applies to every
other zone. So to that effect, your winning fell under the African zone
and West African region.

So therefore, your winning had been sent down to the compensation agent in
Charge of that region in the person of Mr. Frank David. You will have to
make Contact with him, and follow due procedures to effect the claims of
your Package which contains a winning check of $1.500,000.00 (One Million
Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) for your prompt claims.

Finance and Security House
United Kingdom Deposit Firm
FSH Towers Chelsea T45H U.K.
TELL: +44 151 329 2544
FAX: 44 704 309 0043

At the moment, I am very busy at Sydney, Australia because of numerous
assignments which I have to carry out. To that effect,I don?t think you
will have the opportunity of communicating with me anymore.All you need do
is reach the compensation agent Mr. Frank David through his contact e-mail
address below:

NAME: MR. Frank David

Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to Mr. Frank David, at
the finance house on your behalf to send the bank draft to you as soon as
you contact him without delay. Please I will like you to accept this token
with good faith. Thanks and God bless you and your family.

However, I want you to contact him immediately as soon as you receive this
because he will be leaving soon on a very long vacation as he did not have
any for the past three years due to over time.

My sincere advice to you as a Christian is that you should endeavor to pay
your tithe to a bible believing church when you get your winning check.

You are require to furnish us your data as listed below, to facilitate your claims:

1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Fax Number:
5. Occupation:
6. Sex:
7. Age:
8. Nationality:
9. Present Country:

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Bob Peter
Compensation Officer

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