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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: "Rev Dr Priye Spiff" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 09:02:46 -0700

Attn;Beloved one,

I have the instruction of my client
Mrs. Margaret Alamaesiegha ,
the wife of the former Governor of Bayelsa State Chief DPS Alamaesiegha,
who was arrested in London in September ,2005 and charged with money
jumped bail and returned to Nigeria ,was impeached and subsequently arrested
and is facing similar
charges in Nigeria presently.

Prior to his arrest,my client told me and I verily believe her as I have
relevant supporting documents
that they had in October stached the sum of $15.5 m {fifteen million ,five
hundred United States Dollars}
with a private safe deposit firm in Europe in the name of Mr. Peter Solomon
with a view to investing same
in some viable ventures overseas later.

Due to the present travails of the family ,neither herself nor her husband
could have access to the funds
any longer as they are under security watch .she has therefore asked we look
for a credible and trustworthy
person who would bear the name or act as the next of Kin to claim the funds
on their behalf.

The funds when retrieved from the security company would be shared in the
ratio of 40% to the family ,40% to you
and the remaining 20% to charity .

Please reply immediately giving your details ,so that the supporting
documents would be made available to you for the
claim .
Yours faithfully
Rev.Dr. Priye Spiff
Barrister and Solicitor.


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