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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. Peter Moore" <>
Reply-To: "MR. Peter Moore" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 05:47:58 +0900 (JST)

Hello Dear Friend.

We has finalize all the necessary arrangement and your fund 7.5 Milion usd has been approve by

the border Directors of ECO BANK, you will be receiving $5,000 .00 per day. our attorney will go

to the inland revenue tax office to obtain a letter of administration tax clearance approval on

your behalf from high Court.

Do Get back to us with this needed information as soon as you receive this massage.

Your name___
Your country__
Your address___
You’re Age/sex__
Your occupation
Direct phone number__
Your home phone number__

Please try to contact us today for the MTCN information to you, indicate the registration code of

EB-2520, when contacting or calling us, we will be sending you $5,000 daily as per my discussion

with the ECO BANK. Do get in touch with us once you receive this Email.

Thanks for understanding and God bless
MR. Peter Moore

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