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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: "perry baba" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 04:15:34 -0700

Dear Sir/Madam

I am very sorry trying to trouble you in this my time of need. I am Perry
Baba, the only son of Mrs. Princess Rosa Baba, who was the second wife of
here in Benin-Cotonou.

I am from East side of Benin in Africa, but presently schooling at the
university of Benin, I am a 3rd year Medical student, I am 24 years old. My
mother was married to my father on the 6th day of May 1984, providentially
Gave birth to me and regretably no female child. My mother died when I was 2
years old, she died with her unborn baby when she was delivering her 2nd
child and my Dad died last 6 month after terrible attack from long time
Cancer, which dealth with him for numerous years and lastly killed him last
6 month after prescription. My Dad called his first wife and me with his
personal attorney and gave me some of his wealth for my endurance and the
rest was given to my stepmother because my Dad's special doctor has told him
in advance that he will not live for the next 5 days. Immediately after the
mourning of my Dad, My step mother and my Dad's Personal Attorney unite
together and distorted almost all the documents that was given to me by my
Dad for my durable continued existence. They tainted the documents to the
name of her two sons.

Now, the one that makes me to blubber and run away from my dad's house is
the deposit certificate,which was issued to my dad on the day he deposited
the sum of $15,500.000.00 united state Dollars including 2000g of Alluvial
Gold Dust(Fifteen million Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars) on the
28th day of September 2004 in a security company. My dad personally gave
the deposit certificate to me in the presence of my step mother and his
personal attorney, they are now trying to take away from me the deposit
certificate which is the only paper among the documents that was particular
given to me for my survival. She is doing all these things to me because of
her position in the administration. Before my Dad died, he called me
confidentially and told me not to mishandle this $15,500.000.00 united state
dollars (Ffteen million Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars only)
because I don't have any other person who will continue to take care of me
in the prospect.

He hence advised me to search for a God fearing person who will aid me to
claim this money as soon as I graduate from the University. But as things
stands now, I necessitate to claim this money before my stepmother get hold
of the deposit official document from me and claim the money. Currently, I
need your help. I want you to stand as the receiver of this deposited money
so that the security company will release the money to you and then you will
deposit the money in your personal account there in your country so that I
will have some money back from the whole amount and find a way out to your
country, because if I continue to hang around here, she might deceid to slay
me just to have the deposit certificate.

If you can help me to save this money in your custody without betraying me,
then I can abscond the whole amount of money for you so that you can invest
it into business, but that can be under the condition that you would take
20% of the amount for participating in this project bearing in mind that you
would assist me relocate to your country to invest my own share of the
project with your full guidance. If you are contented with these states of
affairs, you can contact me back. But if you are not happy with these state
of affairs please inform me so that I can straight away search for another
person for the assistance.

Please you can call me via my mobile number, +229 9746 4675

Waiting for your prompt response

Thanks and God bless

Yours Perry Baba.

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