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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 Brook." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 03:10:06 -0700
Subject: Possible Spam : The Abandoned Project.

Good day.

I am the new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Head of Operations of Overseas Credit
Commission London, UK. Sometime ago, in
our organization your overdue consignment fund was brought to our office for
final delivery clearance.

However, upon my arrival to this office, I found your consignment clearance
file lying fallow on my desk without any attention. On a thorough scrutiny I
discovered that your consignment have been abandoned by your delivery agent.
Meanwhile, I have made several attempts to contact your delivery agent but
to no avail. To my greatest surprise, during my recent routine checking, I
personally discovered that your consignment content declaration documents
stated that your consignment contains personal effects meanwhile, it
contains United States dollar bills worth over US$ 10.5 Million dollars,
which made it impossible for the consignment to be delivered to you earlier
before now.

Based on this personal discovery, I am contacting you now to let you know
that with my position and power in this office, I can assist you to legally
clear your consignment fund, but you must agree with the following

You must not disclose to any member of my organization whatever assistance
that I am going to render to you in respect of clearing this consignment
fund into your custody.

You will provide me with an authenticated promissory note, other wise known
as partnership agreement, that upon the safe arrival of the consignment fund
to your custody, that you give me 40% of the total fund contained in the

You must give adequate attention to this matter until we successfully and
legally clear the consignment fund into your custody.

Upon your acceptance with my above conditions, I will furnish you with
further details of what should be done to legally get the consignment fund
cleared and delivered to you as the rightful owner of the consignment.

Meanwhile, if you can not keep the secret of my assistance to you, please do not border to reply.

Hence the consignment fund would be recovered into our organization treasury
account as unclaimed consignment fund. Be informed that the consignment
contain the sum of $10.5 million dollars in the luggage.

But if you can assure me of your competency to keep this secret, I would
like to hear from you soon as possible so that I can email you further
details and guidelines.

I am looking forward to your earliest response.
Have a Great Day

Mr. Peter Brook
Head of Operations

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