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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 Wagner" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 14:04:00 -0500
Subject: Dear Sir

Compliment of the season, I do not know you personally but I am writing you
this Email base on the sincerity of my heart and Absolute trust that you
will understand this matter and the need of assisting me over this issue, As
I am a man who is God fearing and looking for an Honest Person to move along
in this matter with all diligence.

Please I plead that you should not be disappointed with this email coming to
you as an unsolicited mail but to see the proven reason why I have directed
this email to you alone without any third party so that the Confidentiality
of this matter can be really observed, as there is one life opportunity that
God blesses a Man with; which in my heart I see as not just an Opportunity
but a divine arrangement for upliftment and change in status. So do not feel
bad receiving my message.

My name is Mr. Peter Wagner, I am a good friend to Late Mr. Nichole S. Al
Ahmed, a National of your country born on the 7th day of Jan 1946 , who
until his death he had no wife nor son or daughter. He was a Contractor and
has spent most of his life with me in United Kingdom. My good friend Mr.
Nichole S. Al Ahmed was involved in a bomb blast and unfortunately he lost
his life on Thursday, 7 July, 2005 at St. Louis Hospital, London Atlantic

Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my friends
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful since he has no
next-of-kin at the time of his death. After these several unsuccessful
attempts to trace any Member of his immediate family hence I contacted you.
I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the assets and Capital valued
at US$5.5million left behind by my friend before it gets confiscated by the
bank where these huge deposits are.

The said Bank in London has issued me a notice to provide the next of Kin or
have the Treasury bill confiscated since I was the only known and close
associate they know. Since I have been unsuccessful in my efforts locating
any of my friend's relatives for a while now, I seek your consent to present
you as the Next of kin to the deceased since you have a similar name, so
that the proceeds of this treasury bill can be paid to you rather than been
confiscated by the Bank as the maturity of payment of this fixed amount have
come and gone living the money in the custody of the Bank without any
direction of use. This has caused the Bank to have an eyebrow since they
found out the my late friend is among the victim of the bomb blast that lost
his life, I having been living under anxiety and pressure as I know this
fund can turn my life around if I can find a sincere partner to team with
and have our mind focused in this cause so that we can have this fund
secured and transferred out to your account fast to avoid confiscation by
the Bank or declaring the money dormant and unserviceable.

I am not begging for your assistance over this issue as I cannot beg you to
enter into partnership with me in a transaction of high magnitude like this
since it is going to be of financial benefit to all parties involved; i
require a situation whereby a person with good understanding will have a
good thought over this as a life opportunity that does not require to slip
out of our hand, since it will be a life changing and a divine financial
turn around. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response and full
indication vividly to work with me to actualize this issue, we shall then
discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for claim. I have all the necessary
information as what to do in this regards for proper commencement of this
claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to stand firmly and
proper confidentiality of this issue to you only to avoid security lapses,
which can be very anti to this issue.

Your capability / maturity of the mind is what matters in this case; to take
your decision like a man, whether to embark on this business or not; because
consultation of parties into this issue is not welcomed as I have explained.
I guarantee and vow that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law. I have a
proven interest in this matter, and been a british citizen, well known as a
man with honesty and trustworthiness as a way of life, I will require you
possess same quality. I wait to hear from you soon.

Best regards,
Mr. Peter Wagner.

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