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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Chukwuma Peter" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:18:34 +0000
Subject: Dear Beloved,


Dear Beloved,

I crave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of this letter, but
it was borne out of desperation and current development. Please bear with
me. I am Barrister Chukwuma Peter a solicitor at law. I was the Personal
attorney to Her Excellency Mrs Stella Obasanjo, wife of the president of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo,
after shall be referred to as my client.

On the Sunday, October 23, 2005 , my client Her Excellency Mrs Stella
Obasanjo had traveled to Spain to undergo surgery and died from
complications resulting from that surgery. I have contacted you to
assist in repatriating the money she deposited with a finance security
hoping she will use the money for her Good Works. I am the only person who
knows about this as her personal lawyer. Nobody knows that she is the real
owner of the fund, because i helped her to register the fund with another
name (Benard White) as the owner of the fund, so as to prevent the Federal
Ministry of Finance from probing the fund.I seek your consent, to
present you as the beneficiary of this fund, so that the proceeds of this
valued cash of USD$81 million dollars can be transfer to you.

Secondly, this will give us the power to continue the Good work of our
Late first lady who was a Christian and love doing the WILL of God before
she Died, her fovourite quote is HEBREWS 11. God promises that His children
will struggle in this life, but He also promises to be faithful. She built
many motherless baby homes and homes for the old ones all over the world and
her Last Wish was to use this Fund to build one of the world biggest less
privilege home in Vietnam and other parts of the world . So i advice we
put this fund into her kind of Good life style. This means 10% for me, 10%
for you as our Legal fee for carring out the Last Wish of a dead Woman and
80% for her unwritten WILL which is building of ophanage homes, schools,
churches and others. I would get all necessary legal documents that
would be needed and used to back up this claim we may make. All I require is
your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee
that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of law. I have all documents backing the fund., see the
site below to see Madam's death
obituary get in touch with me through my private e-mail:

Moreso! Do not fail to send me your telephone number with which I would
be able to call you, so we can talk on how i can meet with you in person,
so that we can discuss extensively one-on-one as regards this deal.

I look forward to your urgent response.

Best Regards,
Barr. Chukwuma Peter (SAN).

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