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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: "Peter" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2019 02:55:26 +0700
Subject: Cooperation.

Dear sir,

I am Mr. Peter Chang, bank accountant. I personally discovered a dormant account what of $65,000,000.00 (Sixty-five Million United States Dollars) from our late customer during our Bank's Annual Year Account Auditing. Since the death of the deceased, nobody has operated in this account till date. Definitely, our Banking code of ethics will confiscate this fund if it remains dormant for a period of 10year without no claims. In this regard, I earnestly need your full cooperation in transferring this money out of our bank to avoid our bank confiscating this fund. Our sharing ratio will be 50% for you and 50% for me.

Should you be interested to work with me in this project? Kindly get back to me only if you are interested to work with me for more information and Guideline.

Kindest Regards
Mr. Peter Chang

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