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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 Stephen Peterson <>
Date: 06 Jun 2018 05:31:09 -0400
Subject: Have you receive your funds?

Have you received your funds of $10.5 Million dollars from the
IRS / Home Land office If not contact the information below, this
Mail has been secure verify from the Home Land Security office
United State

Homeland Security US Department
Office Address : Federal Government Office 300 7th St SW
Office Secretary : Mr. Stephen Peterson
Contact Email :

We are happy to inform you from our office here in Washington
that we have recover the sum of Ten Million five hundred
thousand United State dollars from those internet fraudster and
importer who have scammed people of their money, with the help of
the international Criminal Committee and also the {F.B.I}.

Reason for contacting you is that we have found your email to be
among the people who are to be compensated with the sum above as
your email and name has fall among our list to pay, then you
don't have to worry as long as you have follow the right
instruction from Stephen Peterson who is to approve and direct
your payment/funds to you .

We have inform Stephen Peterson to make arrangement of your
payment to you which we believe is ready now and confirm that as
soon as you contact him then there should not be a delay or
problem on this as this is %100 legal.

Now understand that the United State Government or the Department
of Treasury will not hold your payment for any reasons as long as
this email get to you, then know that you have been selected to
receive the payment without any delay it does not matter which
country you are from know that there is all possible payment to
you and have been confirm before sending you this email so be
free to contact Stephen Peterson let him finish this transaction
for you once and for all.

The IRS / Home Land have been waiting for you to get back to them
all this time i see no reason why you should abandon your funds.
Also make sure you Re-confirm your information to the IRS / Home
Land to avoid any mistake.

You can also confirm your information below to the Home Land

Full Name :

Full Home Address :

Tel Phone Number :

Occupation :

Age :

Contact the IRS/Home Land Security as soon as this mail get to
you. To avoid any delay on your payment Mr. John Ben have
received his fund of $ 10.5 million a week ago.

Your email will be respond to as soon as you confirm your
information, will treat you urgent and release your payment of
Ten Million five hundred thousand United State dollars ($10.5
Million ) to you, please you are only advice to contact Mr.
Stephen Peterson if you have not receive your payment.

Homeland Security US Department
Federal Government Office
300 7th St SW.

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