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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: "Peta Lemmy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 01:15:01 -0000
Subject: Re: Re: GOODNEWS.


I am Peta Lemmy, head of luggage / baggage storage facilities here at the John F. Kennedy International Airport USA. I am contacting you in the
storage facility and we are about 2-3million dollars in it. The consignment was abandoned by a diplomat who was not in charge of delivering the
paperwork and the inability to pay the required fee of $3,800 on thediplomatic consignment box for the delivery and the official documents of
the consignment box indicates your name, your address and your email address.

I have taken a look at it, I know we can transact this deal and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me. Full name, full phone number, full phone
number. Immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the clearance delivery Fee of 3,800 dollars and I will take care of you. %
share of the total money in the box. I can get everything concluded within 3-5days upon your acceptance. All communication must be held extremely
secure to ensure a successful delivery.

Peta Lemmy
Reply To:
JohnKenndy International Airport USA.

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