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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: Tyran Peace <>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 08:43:12 -0400

Good Day My Dear Friend.

How are you doing today, i’m happy to inform you about my success in
getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner
from the United Kingdom. Presently I'm in the UK for investment
projects with my new partner. Meanwhile, I didn’t forget your past
efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite
that it
failed us somehow that’s why I decided to compensate you. So kindly
contact my secretary in Benin Republic and his name is Mr. Bruce

Contact Person: Mr. Bruce Williams
Email Address:
Telephone Number: ( +229-6089-1047 )

Contact him and ask him to send your compensation fund worth of
US$1,200.000.00 {One Million Two Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars} which I kept for you, for your past assistance in this
matter, i appreciated your efforts a lot. So feel free to contact my
secretary Mr. Bruce Williams with the above information and instruct
him where to send your compensation fund to and also remember to keep
me posted immediately you receive the fund so that we can share the
joy together after all the suffering in the past. Therefore; I will
advice you to forward your complete information below to my secretary
Mr. Bruce Williams to enable him to facilitate all the necessary
documents and release the fund with a payment option of your choice.

1) Your Full Names: …......................................
2) Your Current Address: …................................
3) Your Cell Phone Number: …...........................
4) Your Occupation/Position: ...............................
5) A Copy of Your ID Card/ Passport: ........................

At this moment, I’m very busy right here because of the investment
projects which i and my new partner have at hand, so without any
wasting of time kindly contact him with your information with the
above details in order to release the fund to you without any delay.

Thanks and God bless you.
Mr. Tyran Peace.

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