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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 P John Peter <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 08:23:44 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend.

I am Mr. P John Peter manager director of South Indian bank) I came to
know of you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to
handle this confidential business which require maximum confidence.

I need assistances from you transferring out a sum of $18.5million USD to
your account that belongs to one of our late foreign customer who died a
longtime with his supposed NEXT OF KIN since the year 2008.

The fund has been here in our Bank lying dormant for years now without
anybody coming for the claims of it as the deceased relation. I want to
release the money to you as the relative to our deceased customer, the
Banking laws here does not allow such money to stay more than 15years and
the fund will be recalled to India government account as unclaimed fund.

I am ready to share with you 50% for you and 50% for me, by indicating your
interest I will send you the details on how the business will be executed
without any hitch.

I will be waiting for your urgent response including your mobile that is in
what sap for easy communication. Here is my mobile number email what Sapp as well. +918447604592

Yours truly Mr. P John Peter

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