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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: "Dr. Peter Watts" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 19:15:04 -0000

Date: 27/12/2021

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

This is ree, I'm very happy to inform you about my success
in getting the fund transferred under the co-operation of a new partner
from Poland.

Presently I’m in Poland for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum.
Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me
in the realization of this endeavor despite the fact that it failed us
some along the way.

Now, contact my secretary, his name is Mr. Tom Edward and his email
address is ( ask him to send you the total
$850,000.00 which I kept for you as compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this endeavor.

I did appreciate your efforts as at that time very much. So feel free
and get in touch with my secretary, Tom and instruct him where to send
the amount to you quickly.

Please, do let me know immediately when you receive it so that we can
share the joy together after all the troubles at that time. As at the
moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects with my
new partner at hand,

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on
your behalf. So feel free to get in touch with Tom and he will send the
amount to you.

Contact Mr. Tom Edward at :
Thank you and my greetings to your family and well wishers.

With best regards,

Sincerely regards,
Dr.Peter Watts

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