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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 Usman" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2021 21:58:00 -0700
Subject: Greetings My Dear Friend,

Dear, Good Friend

I am happy to inform you my success in the fund
transferred .I 'm in Paris for investment projects with my partner.I
want you to contact Janny King : Mr
Janny King of UBA, ask him to send to you the total $10.5m in ATM card
which I kept for your help .So,contact him at his email
and confirm to him the information below :
1. Your full name :
2 . Your current address :
3 . Your phone number:

Mr.Peter Usman

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