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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: "Steve Eke" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:57:59 -0900

Dear friend,

Firstly,i must solicite your confidence in this transaction.I know that a
transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprenhensive,but be assured
that at the end all concerned would smile.I decided to contact you due to
the urgency of this transaction.Let me introduce myself. I am Barr.steve
eke, Manager, steve $ co. law chambers Nigeria.I got your contact via my
private search and dicided to ask for your personal involvement because of
the volume of your business.

THE PROPOSITION: A Foreigner,Late Mr Peter Creek an Expertriate engineer,who
is involved in oil merchant/contractor with the Federal Government of
Nigeria,until His death over two years ago in a ghastly car accident is my
client.On 8th of march 2002, This client of mine lost his life in a ghastly
motor accident, Involved in the accident was his wife and son.

This client of mine held a personal current account valued at $12.4million
US dollars in Nigeria bank here,As indicated by jurisdiction of section
233(4) of the Nigeria financial act of 1999 , states thus "in the demise of
an account Holder/bearer, the next of kin as stated in the account form
reserves the unrestrained right to take posession of the said asset after
all due confirmations and proof of death of the account holder/bearer.

As his attorny,All efforts by me to contact any of his relatives proved
unseccesful.As a result of this the Board of Directors of the bank are about
to place the fund as"UNCLAIMAMBLE"In order to prevent this, i now seek your
assistance to have you stand in as the beneficiary's next of kin.

I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up
for claim. All I require from you is your honesty and cooperation to enable
us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law.and please note that This Proposal is 100% risk free on your side. 35%
of the total fund when remitted would be your share. Again take note that up
to 5% of would stand as incidental expenses,The remaining 60% would be my
own share,which i will invest under your care in your country.

If this proposal is acceptable by you,please send your urgent reply to my
private email box:

Best Regards,
Barr Steve Eke.(SAN)

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