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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 obiaha" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:52:53 +0000

*Dear Friend. *
*My name is Mr. Peter Obiaha, an audit officer in Financial Bank LOME TOGO.
*I am writing to you following an opportunity in my office that will be of
immense benefit to both of us. *
*In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $9.5 Million Dollars
(Nine Million Five Hundred thousand Dollars) in an account that belong to
one of our foreign customer Late Mr.Frederick M. Wong, an American who
unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Egyptian flight 990 which
crashed on 31st October 1999, including his wife and only daughter. You can
read more about the crash by visiting this site which I got during my
investigation, please try to go through the site. *
*** **
*Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next
of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot
release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. *
*Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only adopted
daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the
knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this
discovery that I and two other officials in this department now decided to
make business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or
beneficiary of the funds for safe keeping and subsequent disbursement since
nobody is coming for it. *

*We don't want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed
bill. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money
remains unclaimed after Eight years the money will be transferred into
banking treasury as unclaimed funds. *
*We agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while
the balance will be for my colleagues and me. I will visit your country for
the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this
money gets into your hands and please be honest with me. *
*Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive
this message, you should contact me immediately and please note that all
necessary arrangement for smooth release of these funds to you has been
finalized. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response.

*Thanks and waiting for your urgent reply via my private email address :<>
* *Regards,*
*Mr Peter Obiaha.*

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