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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: "Barrister Peterson Moore, Esq" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:05:36 +0100

Barrister Vincent Strommer, Esq & Associates Chambers
(Legal Practitioner, Public Notary, Solicitor & Advocate)
Tel: +234 8062986109
Unity House (13th Floor), 37, Marina Street, Nigeria.

Thanks for your prompt reply,

Reference to your mail in which the contents have confirmed your
readiness in regards to the immediate delivery of your approved
payment of $10.5m usd which was approved and instructed by United
Nation organization (UNO) to pay you via courier diplomatic services.

My name is Barrister Peterson Moore, Esq. Your appointed attorney who
is working on your behalf for the actualization of your fund delivery.

Be well informed that I have been properly briefed about your
transaction by the new Executive Chairman of United Nation African
Regional (Hon Mr. Frank Andem) to have a successful delivery of your
ATM Visa Card to you and I promised Mr Frank that i shall personally
conduct my due diligence on the delivery hence you can be rest assured
that the transaction will be executed in the most professional and
legal manner, ensuring a hitch free fund delivery to your providing

I have completed my due diligence having finally computed from the
various offices and the cost of the required procedural documentations
which will get your name reflecting as the approved beneficiary to
receive your funds.

These are the followings as advised;

1: AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM (From the Probate, Justice Dept.) = $70.00
2: ORIGIN OF FUNDS CERTIFICATION (From Supreme Court) = $65.00

The total amount required for these certificates is sum of US$135.00
and following this procedure will amount to overall success delivery
of your ATM Visa Card without interference as this is in line with the
rule and ethics in accordance with Due Process Policy on International

I had always been close to companies and venture in delivery like this
and only thing that will keep your delivery alive as one of my clients
is my concern hence is the new Executive Chairman United Nation
African Regional introduced you to me.

I believe this will be duly settled as it is officially required for
the assignment which will undertake on your behalf and as soon as the
required fee gets to me today, i shall proceed immediately and I will
do whatever it takes to ensure that you receive your ATM Visa Card
without any hitches or delay.

Once again, you can be rest assured that I will do my best on your
behalf to ensure that your transaction is successfully completed
following my professional advice and legal procedures already

You are therefore advise to copy below information and address the
documentation fee of $135 usd through Western Union or Money Gram
office nearest to you.

Receiver's Name:... Ego Jane
Location............Lagos- Nigeria
Secret Question.....Favorite Book
Answer. .................. Bible
Amount .............$135.00 usd

Thanks as am looking forward to ready your email with the mtcn or
reference number to proceed your delivery immediately.
Please Reply to (

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Residential Address:
3. Telephone Number (cell

Yours Sincerely,
Barrister Peterson Moore, Esq.
Attorney @law Federal High Court of Jurisdiction.
Tel: +234 8062986109


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