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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: "Miss. Terry Walters" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 12:44:03 -0500

Attention Email ID Owner


I am Terry Walters Managing Director, Global Corporate, Commercial
Banking, Mellon bank of New York. I'm a very good friend of the late
Engr. Richard D Petreli, Who is a national of your country. He died on
the 7th of July 2013 in a motor accident here in New York years ago On
July 20th, 2014, an Oil consultant with the American Petroleum
Corporation, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months, valued at US$155,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Five
Million, United States Dollars) After these several unsuccessful
attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the internet but no
luck until a friend of mine who does not want Her name to be revealed
said I should contact you that She trusted you to be an honest and
trustworthy personality I can trust this funds on instead of blowing
an alarm for the American Government to make claims of this huge
amount of money labored and also rightfully belongs to your country
man, Late Engr. Richard D Petreli. (He was a good man and has always
believe to build one of the largest American chemical industry here in
New York unknowingly to Him that He will die soon)

I contacted you to assist in repatriating the funds left behind before
they get confiscated or declared Here in my bank where the deceased
had an account valued at about US$155,000,000.00 (One Hundred and
Fifty Five Million, united states dollars) Consequently, the bank
issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account
confiscated within a short time. Since I have been unsuccessful in
locating the relatives for over some years now, I seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you share the
same Name so that the processing of the account valued at
US$155,000,000.00 can be paid to you for both of us to share the
funds; 45% for me, 45% for you and then 10% to the Orphanage.

With your Cooperation and assistance I will secure all necessary legal
documents that can be used to back up the claim in your favor. All I
require is your honest/Sincere cooperation to enable us to see this
deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law. Please reconfirm back to me that the below information is your
correct data, to enable us to discuss further and thanks for your
understanding with my proposal.

Your full names:
Your Mobile Telephone number:
and your contact address.

Thanks for your kind cooperation
Miss. Terry Walters
phone: +1(916)-750-4180
E-mail :
Managing Director, Global Corporate,
Commercial Banking, Mellon bank of New York

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