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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: Barrister Peter Zwennes <>
Reply-To: Barrister Peter Zwennes <>
Date: 05 Jun 2018 02:42:26 -0700
Subject: Re: Can we trust ourselves and work together

Dear friend,

I am sorry to contact you through this method but it is my only way to
reach you,My name is Barrister Peter R Zwennes,

I am the personal lawyer to late (MR.VAN GEERAARD HUSSEN.From DUTCH)
he is a merchant business man here in Ghana west Africa, my late
client before he died along side with all his family and his supposed
next of kin to his properties left behind by MR.VAN GEERAARD HUSSEN.

Before his sudden death, on this faithful day,May 12 2010, plane crash
that happened in Libya, open to this website:

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MR.VAN GEERAARD HUSSEN. deposited a sum of (US$9.500.000.00)Nine
Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars with International Commercial Bank here in Ghana and i am his personal lawyer who signed and backed up all the
necessary legal documents to this deposited funds with the ICB Bank.

Since then all effort has been made to reach or get any of his
relatives but to no avail and now the bank has asked me to present my
late client next of kin to claim his deposited funds because the bank
is aware of his death but they did not know that he died with all his

If i can have your trust and an assurance that if i present you to the
bank as my late client next of kin and thereafter the bank transfer
his deposited funds to any account you will provide to the bank, that
you will give me whatever percentage we agreed upon.

Please can we trust ourselves and work together as a brother and share
these funds, i have all it will take legally to have the bank transfer
these funds to your account without delay.

Reply back to me through my alternative email:

I am waiting.


Barrister Peter Zwennes.
Cell +233248986679

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