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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: international support <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 19:00:40 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Please reply

From Dr Adewale Peters.
Telephone :+234-8024-0388-02.
Dear Friend,
I am an Accountant with DIAMOND BANK NIGERIA PLC(DBN),My name
is Dr Adewale Peters,i discovered an abandoned sum of 18million US
dollars(Eightteen million US dollars)in an account that belongs to one
our foreign customers who used to work with an Oil Developmentcompany
in Nigeria (NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLUEM COMPNAY) .Here in after shall be
referred to as my client On April 21, 2001, my client, his wife,and
theirthree children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu
express way.
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then I havemade several inquiries to your embassy to locate any
of myclients extended Relatives, this is also proved unsuccessful.After
these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace name over the
Internet,to locate any member of his family hence Icontacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property
leftbehind by my client before they Get confiscated or declared
unserviceable bythe bank where this huge deposits were
Where the deceased had an account Valued at about($18 million u s
has Issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account
confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2
yearsnow,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased so that we can proceed intransfering of this account valued at
($18million u s dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me Can
the money.55% to me and 45% to you and 5% for any expenditure made
during the repatriating of the fund to your inland account.
An attorney will be contracted to help revalidated and notarize all the
necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may
make.All I require is your honest cooperation 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 the law.
You can reach me via my private email
I wait to hear from you asap
Best regards
Dr Adewale Peters
(External Auditor Accountant

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