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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: "Nneka Chuba" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:21:07 +0200


Compliments of the day!!

I am Mrs. NNEKA CHUBA a former staff of the Federal
Ministry of Aviation undergoing medical Treatment. I
am married to Dr.LUCAS CHUBA who worked with National Petroleum
Corporationfor nineteen years before he died in the year 2003.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four
days.Before his death we were both born again
Christians.Since his death I decided not to re-marry
or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the
Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he
deposited a huge sum of money with one
finance/security company in Europe. Presently, this
money is still with the Security Company.This money
was accumalated from an onshore engineering award my
husband wonduring the last military regime.

Recently, my Doctor told me that my condition with the
special grace of God would soon be okay.Though what
disturbs me most is that am diagonised to be having
spinal abnormalty. Having known my condition I decided
to donate this fund to a church or better still a God
fearing individual that will utilize this money the
way I am going to instruct here in. I want a church or
individual that will use this to fund orphanages,
widows etc propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of
Godis maintained.
The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.

I took this decision because I don't have any child
that will inherit this money and my husbands
relatives are not Christians and has being maltreating
me with the only motive to take away the funds from
me becuase of my faith and trust in God
since his death hence I don't want my husband's hard
earned money to bemisused by this
unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money
will be used in an ungodly manner, hence the reason
for taking this bold decision.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am
going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of
the lord one day. If you will be of assistance, I will
surely appreciate and thank you for your kindness in
giving me this help.

Thank you


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