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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: "Mr PETER GRANT" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 00:50:14 +0100


I crave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of thisletter, but it was
borne out of desperation and currentdevelopment. Please bear with me. I am
Barrister Peter Granta solicitor at law. I was the Personal attorney to my
client a national of your country, who used to own an oil servicing company
here in London a Herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st
of November, 2002.myclient his wife and their three Children were involved
in a car accident along kingston road. All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I had made several inquiries
through your Embassy to locate any of my clients extended relative but this
exercise has proved

After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives
through Your Coountry's Chamber of Commerce, to locate any member of his
family not much progress was recorded My late client was an influential
wealthy businessman, an oil magnet here in London and he left behind a
deposit of $7.5 Million in his domiciliary bank account in HSBC BANK LONDON.
here in London. After the death of my client his bankers contacted me, as
his Attorney to provide his next of kin who should inherit his fortune.The
board of directors of his bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to
provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within 28 working days
or forfeit the money to the bank as an abandoned property.

The bankers had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1996
toconfiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me.
Despairing at the point of exhaustiveness, fortunately, I came across your
name, to my utmost amazement, I discovered that you bear the same surname
with my late client and coincidentally, you are nationals ofthe same
country. I am Convinced that you may be linked with my late client or that
you might provide clue to
my search, I therefore, decided to contact with these facts before me
because of the similarities. By virtue of my closeness to the deceased and
his immediate family, I am very much aware of my client financial standing
and the bank account he operates.

I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to
present you as the next of kin of my deceased client so that you can be paid
the funds left in his bank account hence I contacted you. I seek your
consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since you are at
an advantage, so that the proceeds of this Bank Account valued at US$7.5
Million Dollars can be paid to you.

We shall both share the funds. 55% to me and 45% to you, I shall assemble
all the necessary Legal Documents that will be used to back up our claim.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. You may also send
your phone number so that I can call you. I look forward to your urgent

Best regards,

Peter Grant (Esq)

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