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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.Rev Father Peter Martins" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2018 11:34:20 +0200
Subject: A Private Message For You, PLEASE-RESPOND!..

How are you doing today, please forgive me if this message comes to
you as a surprise? I am Rev. Father Peter Martins of Burgos Cathedral
Church In Spain, a member of my congregation has bequeathed to you the
sum of $4,800,000 Million United States to support your organization
and the less privileged around you. I was privileged to get your
contact when I visited her on her sick bed; I have your full detail
information as proof upon your response back to me. Please get back to
me so that I can furnish you with more details.

Rev Father Peter Martins
My Private Email:

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