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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: "David Peterside" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:04:32 -0800
Subject: Contract on expansion of oil pipeline

I am David Peterside,a director in the project and planning committee of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), I head a seven man Tenders Board Committee in charge of contract award committee and Payment approvals. I came to know of you in my search for a reliable and reputable person via linkedin,  to handle a very confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account.  Kindly, reply his short email, I will forward details to you.
David Peterside

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