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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: Albert Petersen <>
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2021 08:59:24 -0700



My Name is Albert Petersen, resident in South Africa and Switzerland. I
own an International Outsourcing Agency. I recommend credible
Entrepreneur/Fund Managers to Silent Investors that are looking for Fund
Managers/Entrepreneur to invest and manage funds on a long term.

I have an offer from my client to recommend on merit a reputable Private
Individual/ Company Owner with good financial standing to receive and
invest the sum of Eur2 billion in a secure High Risk/Low Risk Investment
that will generate good Return on Investment annually {ROI}.

The Investment Capital shall be managed for a period between 15 years
from the date of receipt of Investment Capital. In addition, your
compensation and benefits will be communicated to you in my next email
if you are ready, willing and able to accept this Business Proposition
as stated herein.

Kindly indicate your interest and drop your Private Telephone Numbers
for discussion of this offer in more details should you find my offer
interesting. The Investment Capital will be disclosed if interested.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours Truly,
Albert Petersen

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