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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.Edu Peterside," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:37:26 -0800
Subject: From Peterside,

Dear Sir/Madam,
It's really nice to come across your e-mail contact from International Business Directory, then i decided to contact you hoping that meeting you here will be a good step for a beautiful future business relationship and Partnership under your management, My name is Mr.Edu Peterside,I am an account officer to the embattled former petroleum minister of Nigeria Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke. I am writing to request your honest assistance in receiving and managing a considerable sum of money in a secured account with our bank.
In the heat of the current events with Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, I have been asked by her family secretly to move the funds to a safer aboard to avoid been confiscated by the bank managements, These funds are surpluses of several contracts executed during the years of her reign as the oil minister in her country Nigeria,I am offering you a total share of 30% as reward to you for standing in as a substitute beneficiary to the claim, an additional 5% is set aside to reimburse for expenses in the course of the transaction and the balance of 65% will be invested upon your strong recommendation in your chosen destination.If you are willing to provide this assistance please forward your personal detail and mobile phone number(s) to me otherwise please fell free to decline. Or you contact me with my direct emails
Click on the link below to find more information on the reason I cannot deal directly with volunteers.
1) Your Full Name/Profession...............
2)Your Telephone/Fax Number........................
3) Your Nationality/Residential/Office Address..................
4)Your Age/Marital status........................
May God bless your golden heart and soul.
Faithfully Yours,
Mr.Edu Peterside,
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