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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: "Robert Peter" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 08:47:43 +0100
Subject: My Dear, Your Co-operation Needed Please.

Email Address.

My Dear,

This mail may be a surprise to you because you did not give me the
permission to do so and neither do you know me but before I tell you about
myself I want you to plesae forgive me for sending the mail without your

I am Barrister Robert Peter,a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney to
late Mr.Patrick Ferguson who was a contractor with European Development
company.Herein after shall be referred to my client.

On the 2nd of january 2000 my client,his wife and their three children were
involved in an automobile accident.All the occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost their lives, since then
I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clientsextended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.But before he
died he had $7.5 million in bearer bonds in a bank.

After these several unsuccessful attempts to locate any member of his
family,to claim this money as his next of kin was not successful.

I have contacted youto assist in repatriating the money and propert left
behind by my client in the bank where this money is lodged by acting as his
next of kin so that the money will be paid into your account.

I have A Power of authority to carry out all obligations on his behaif and
will use my powers as the attorney to the deceased in provide you with all
legitimate documents that you will use to authenticate your claim with the
bank and this aslo cover you from the law I know that you might be wonder
why I have decided to trust you to get this money out and considering the
fact that make it a lot easier and straight forward .

The money will be share in the following proporation ii.50%for me, 40%for
you and 10% will be put aside for expenses that might occur in the course of
this transaction .

As I said earlier I will provide you with all legal documents that can be
used to backup any claim we may make .All I require is your honest
co-operation 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 .

Please get in with me, with your personal telephone number or fax number to
enable us discuss further.For the urgency this requires, please get to me
via my private email address

I look forward to your urgent response.

Best regards,

Barr.Robert Peter.


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