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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: Barrpeter Okeke <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:59:55 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Personal Letter To Marco Craamer

From;Barr.Peter Okeke Esq.
01 BP 441, Cotonou,
Republique du Benin
Telephone: 00229 97751615
 Attn,Marco Craamer
With warm heart of friendship I contact you in this, hoping that you will give it an urgent attention. 
I am Barrister Peter Okeke, the attorney to Late Paul Craamer, a national of your country, who used to work as  the Director of Produits pétroliers Sonacop in Benin Republic  West Africa Here in after shall be Referred to as my client. On the 27th of May 2005, my client, His wife and their three Children  were involved in a car accident Along Sagbama express-road. All  occupants of the vehicle Unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I  have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my  clients extended relatives this has also proved Unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track His last  name over the Internet, to locate any member of his Family hence I  contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in Repatriating the  money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank here.  These huge deposits were lodged particularly, with the "Continental Trust Bank"An affiliate of Commercial Bank of Africa where the  Deceased had an account valued  at about $20.5 million dollars.
The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in Locating the  relatives for over 4 years now I seek your consent To present you as  the next of kin of the deceased since you have The same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at $20.5million dollars can  be paid to you and  then you and me can Share the money.60% to me and 40% to you I will procure all Necessary legal documents that can be  used to back up any claim we may make.All I require is your honest cooperation 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. And the way we are going to achieve this is I will need the following information from you,
Your Full Name and Address,
Your Age,
Occupation and Position,
Your Telephone and  Mobile  for Communication Purpose.
 I await your reply ASAP.
Best Regards,
Barrister Peter Okeke Esq

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