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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: "Revd. Fr. peter clark" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 18:52:31 +0200
Subject: Revd. Fr. peter clark reply soon pls!!

TEL: +221 4409966.

Dear Friend.

I am Rev. Fr. peter clark, a senior staff with the World Bank fact
finding & special duties office. I am writing you this letter based on the
fact that cool penny is better than millions of dollars means it's
better for one to live and die poor honest man than a rich dishonest one.I
and the Chief security officer (CSO) of this organisation and have
arranged with an officer in the computer section in person of Engineer
Peter Cliff to bring out part of your total pending payment with reference
number (LM-05-371) amounting to US$10 million. Why we did this is
because according to information gathered from the bank’s/security computer,
you have been waiting for a long time to receive this payment without
success. As I found out that you have almost met all the statutory
requirements in respect of your pending payment. The problem we feel you are
having is that of interest groups. A lot of people are interested in
your payment and those people are merely doing paper works with you and
that explains why you receive different kinds of untrue fax and phone messages
from different people everyday. Also we found out that some of the officials of
the parastatals have been extorting a lot of money from you with the pretext of helping
you receive your money. I can assure you this will keep happening if
you do not do away with those
officers. For security reasons you do not have to tell anybody that
your have your payment on the way until the payment gets to you.

The said payment is been arranged in a security-proof box weighing
75kg. In order to get this box shipped to you I and the (CSO) Yesterday
went to this four courier companies Dhl, Ems, FedEx and Ups to make
arrangements on how to get the box shipped to you by courier, but to no avail
the above courier companies all made us to understand that they will
have to open the box for inspection by the customs before shipment. This is
something we want to avoid because this box is
been padded with synthetic nylon and to open it you will have to cut
the pad before you will meet the button that you will press to open the
dial code-lock. There is no way you can open the box and be able to
close it again because it was padded with machine. We told the courier
services that the box contained film materials and when open will spoil the
materials. N:B we did not declare money because courier does not
carry money.

Today a friend of mine who is diplomat disclosed to me that there is a
security courier service company that is specialised in sending
diplomatic materials and information from one country to another, which also
has diplomatic immunity and consignment such as this cannot be checked
by any customs anywhere in the world. I have therefore met the official
of the security courier service and concluded shipping arrangement with them,
which they will commence as soon as I have your go
ahead order. The diplomat who will be bring in this consignment to you
is an expact and has been in this line of work for many years now so we
have Notting to worry about. After all arrangements we have concluded
that you must donate Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars
(US$500,000.00) to any charity organisation I designate as soon as you receive
your money. To this effect, you will send to us a promissory note for the donation
along with your address where you will like the box to be delivered to by
courier. Please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of
problems if found out that we are using this way to help you. You are
advised not inform anyone about this until you received your money. Am
helping you on this because something in me is tells me that you are an
honest person. When you conclude this and you send our promise,
we will help to ship the final part of your money to you.May God be
with you as i wait for your response either through Fax or Email: Feel free to call me if you will like us to
discuses more on this TEL: +221 4409966.

Yours Faithfully
Revd. Fr. peter clark
Director, Special Duties. UNO/WBF
+221 4409966

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