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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 OKOKO PETER" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 00:22:27 +0100
Subject: MESSAGE

Union Bank Nig Plc


I am Mr. Okoko Peter , Account Officer of Union Bank Nig Plc, I have urgent and very confidential business proposal for you.

On June 6, 2002, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mrs. Ann Barbara Myers made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$15,000,000.00 (fifteen Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to her forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from her contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mrs. Ann Barbara Myers died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that she died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace her next of kin were fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mrs. Ann Barbara Myers did not declare any kin or relations in all her official documents, including her Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$15,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it and according to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mrs. Ann Barbara Myers so that the fruits of this woman's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the Attorneys will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the service of two Attorneys to process and otarization all the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor in order for the transfer to take place. A bank account in any part of the world which you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorneys and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and the contact of the attorney that will help you obtain the necessary documents and approval needed for the funds to be transferred into your account.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.please send your private phone and your cell phone numbers where i can reach you at all time for further vital discussion.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my private email address:(

Thanks and regards.

Mr. Okoko Peter.

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