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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 Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 07:56:11 +0100

12, Jimoh Akintoye Street, Lagos, Nigeria
Law and legal practitioners,
we handle wills, inheritance, court case, real estates,
documentation and other law firm activities.
Attention ,
I am Barrister Peter Douglas, am Attorney to Late Mr.Larry ,a  foreigner who died in an auto accident with his  wife and two
children, Along  Lagos Ogun  express way, on the march 2007.My late  client work with Oil & Gas company her in Nigeria, Before his death,
my client deposited ($25million) with financial  institution here in Nigeria.
The financial institution have mandated me to present  the next  of kin or a relative who will claim the funds, the  financial institute
has give me three Mouths to present the next of kin to my late client failure to respond withing the time giving to me the  financial
institution will report this fund to the central bank of Nigeria unclaimed funds.
I have put in place all necessary requirements concerning the release of this funds and  it is my intention to introduce this opportunity to
you as the beneficiary. Please note that I'm legally equipped with all necessary information/ documentations concerning this fund.
Upon your decision of acceptance, I would process the release of these funds to your possession; you would be entitled to 50% of the
said funds and 50% for me for security reasons, I have decided not to add more information into this letter, but immediately you get in
touch with me i would be able to inform you on how this could be concluded.
For time difference and confidential reasons, I strongly advise that you firstly contact  me via Email: Its' been my wish to  have an
investment outside my country, so this is an  Opportunity foe me to invest my share of these funds in your country.
In conclusion, it's my concern to demand your ultimate honesty. co operation and   confidentiality to enable us conclude this
transaction. I GUARANTEE that this process  would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would legally protect you from any
breech of Law.
I look forward to here from you.
Barrister Peter Douglas

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