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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: "From Director,Walker Peter" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:07:30 +0100
Subject: Attention: Digital currency, or cryptocurrency Payment option

*I hope this email meets you well, sound and healthy.*

*I write to inform you that a reconciliation payment of $5,575,000 USD
(114.22 BTC) has been approved in your favor for immediate remittance for
compensation on your long overdue inheritance fund on cryptocurrency based

*The new government policies regarding conventional transfer of huge
amounts since the wake of the pandemic are very strict new payment is
through cryptocurrency based platforms..*

*Urgently reconfirm the understated details*

*Beneficiary Name:*
*Beneficiary Address:*
*Beneficiary next of kin:*
*Beneficiary current contact phone:*


*Director,Walker Peter*

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