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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: Peter Ofili <>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2022 08:34:26 +0100
Subject: Work With Me!!


I need your cooperation in order to transfer into your bank account
for our mutual economic benefits,US$12.5 million over inflated
contract proceeds.

Meanwhile,I am Mr.Peter Ofili,senior Finance officer of the Nigerian
Ports Authority.Therefore,my intention in reaching out to you through
this medium is to seek for your assistance/cooperation in getting the
over invoiced part of the total contract fund transferred into your
bank account for our mutual benefit.

I already have every arrangement relating to this transaction
diligently worked out hence you can be rest assured of 100% risk/hitch
free transaction.I shall provide more details if/where necessary upon
receipt of your favorable reply.

While thanking you in advance for your anticipated favorable response
to this proposition,I remain,

Your Sincerely,

Mr.Peter Ofili
+234 80-73841291.

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