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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: "Rose Kalu"<>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 11:01:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Reply to

Mrs.; Rose IgweVictoria Island Lagos.Email: anaele102@yahoo.caBe a Friend in need,I am the wife of late His Royal Highness Eze Kalu Igwe, Princess Rose Igwe from Rivers state in Niger Delta Region, South South part of Nigeria. I am the third wife to the late His Royal Highness Eze Kalu Igwe of umuchukwu village in Ekwera Elele Town Rivers State of Nigeria, possibly could be the last wife of the Highness, and after the death the family members too every thing in the family with other wives with there children living me and my own children with nothing My late husband who used to work with one of oil leading companies here in Nigeria. and in his home town before this throne was handed over to him after the death of his father ,Herein after shall be referred a right of having contract with the company that is drilling oil in his own town were he is the Royal father that governor the region . On the 21st of Nov 2005, my late husband His Royal Highness Eze Kalu Igwe and his two
Children were involved in a plane crash in a village near the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN PORT HARCOURT. RIVER STATE Which most people including my own husband lost their lives?Since then I have made several enquiries to get my own right as the wife from the family but all me effort could not change the situation and I have one of the document of the deposit he made with a bank here in Lagos , which no body in the family's knows and how to locate . So now I have discussed with my lawyer here for his personal advice on what to do so that none of my extended relatives or my husband people will know. which I was advice to follow only this method by looking for A FOREIGN PARTNER THAT WILL STAND TO BE MY HUSBAND PARTNER IN THE CONTRACT,This has also proved the only successful way. After these several meetings with my lawyer successful attempts comes up to contact you for you to be the person to save my family from this conditionI have decided use my lawyer VICTOR ANYANWU to handle
this transaction without my husband general family to locate or to know what is going with member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my own share and for my four children that are out from school till date iam writing you. I need your help before they Bank get this money confiscated, frozen or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about THIRTY EIGHT MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY (US$38,000,000:00). The Bank have approve my application after my attorney issue the married certificate and the Death certificate of my late Husband and then within the next TWO MONTHS official working days the Bank will have the account frozen. Since I have been unsuccessful in bring the partner of my husband or the relatives. Over 2 years now I seek consent to present you now as the Business partner of the
deceased. So that the proceeds of this amount valued at $38,000,000:00 can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you. I have all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim, we will make it. And this I must do to make sure that this fund is not wasted or end up in the wrong hands of the my wicked husband family and it will be a very big help for me and my family while my attorney will be the person to handle every process since I have explain very well to him with all the documents and give his best way out All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Reply me by my private only contact me for more information on the transaction.Best regards,Mrs. Rose IGWE Reply to

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