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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: "isaac peters" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 10:22:08 +0200

Dear Friend.

My name is Mr. Isaac O.Peters; I am an Attorney at law, Senior Advocate of
Nigeria (SAN) and the General overseer of Evangelical Mission for Christ
(E.M.C). The managing Partner to Isaac and Associate Chamber (Inc). I got
your contact from your local directory during my intensive search for a
Respectable and God fearing fellow to assist me in an Unclaimed Fund Deposit
worth US$7.3Million (Seven Million- Three Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars Only) belonging to my deceased Client.

My late client was a 78 years Old American Catholic Holy Ghost priest posted
here to Nigeria in the 70's on a Missionary Assignment; he lived all his
life here and owned an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) that receives
Financial Aid (Grant) from the United Nation. He died of Asthmatic Attack,
and since then no one have come forward to claim his fund deposited in a
Bank here, which he intend to donate to Charity homes as he has been doing
while alive.

The Directors of the Bank have issued me a notice as his Personal Attorney
that my late clients Deposit is over due for claim. I have tried search on
the Internet to locate any of his relative abroad on whose account this Fund
can be paid into without success, except you. Dear, I wish to present you as
the beneficiary/next of kin to my deceased client fund. I want to assure you
that this does not involve any risk, since I his Attorney is presenting you
as his Beneficiary, every legal documents will be dually procured to ensure
a successful and legal fund claim. Else, this fund will be confiscated and
directed to the Federal Account.

Kindly go through the sharing Ratio. You will get 40% as your share, while I
get 40%, we will use 10% to establish an orphanage home in any Country of
our choice as my client wished, while the balance will be set aside for any
expenses that we may incur while processing this transaction.

I will give you more details about this transaction when I receive your
affirmative response.

Meanwhile, kindly send me the Followings Information's,

Full Name:
Mobile Phone Number:

Please keep this information as CONFIDENTIAL as possible.

I am anxiously anticipating your prompt reply.

Yours Sincerely,

Isaac O.Peters (SAN).

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