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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: "Rev. Alexander Peterson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:23:42 +0100

Good Day,
I am Mrs Abigail Woodward, a US citizen, I'm 42 years old. I am one of those people that took part in
receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery organizers few
years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to get
my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to West
Africa with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact one Rev
Alexander Peterson who is the head department officer of the Compensation Award Office, Rev. Alexander
Peterson is a United States citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE
currently working with IMF and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is
contacting us through emails are fake. Rev. Alexander Peterson personally directed me on how to claim my
Inheritance or Lottery payment.
Right now I have received my compensation funds of $2,800,000.00 Moreover, Rev. Alexander Peterson is a
very religious man with the fear of God. He showed me the full information of those that are yet to
receive their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your
email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with
your funds, they are only making money out of you.
I will personally advise you to contact Rev. Alexander Peterson with your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS,
TELEPHONE NUMBER, OCCUPATION, AGE, SEX, he will assist you once  he get the listed information you are to
Compensation Award Office.
Name: Rev. Alexander Peterson
Email Address:
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your funds
is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you
up until you have nothing.
NOTE: The only money I paid after I met Rev. Alexander Peterson was just $789 USD for the Endorsement and
clearance fee, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs Abigail Woodward,
13, Fairview Avenue, Somerville, New Jersey 08876, united states.

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