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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: "Mr. Chiwetalu Philips Onuma" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 16:52:02 +0100

Hello dear,
I am Mr. Chiwetalu Philips Onuma, an accountant officer with Bank Harbath of Senegal (H.B.S) branch here in Dakar Senegal. dear i gathered your information from my country's international chamber commerce and industries, The business I am about to introduce is based-on sheer trust and with a sense of purpose. I am contacting you to
assist in repatriating the sum of eighteen million two hundred thousand united state dollars.

The money and property left behind by (James Groover D.) an American Chair Merchant here in my country who died accidentally On the 21st of April 2004. Sir, I gathered all this information through a good source after my several routine note to his forwarding address because he had served here in Dakar Senegal as a business consultant with the
Senegalese National Petroleum & Gas Cooperation.S.N.P.G.C and a legal adviser to the O.P.E.C Chairman.

Since then I have made several inquiries to American embassy here in Dakar Senegal to locate any of his extended relatives or family, this has also proved unsuccessful to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I am his account officer and I contact you to work with you before the fund get confiscate or declared unserviced by the bank
management and board of my directors because the management of my bank has been deliberating on how to revert this fund to the bank privacy and Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you are a foreigner so that the proceeds of this account valued at eighteen million two hundred thousand united state dollars
can be paid to you and then you and I will share the money fifty percent to me and forty percent to you, while ten percent will be mapped out for any miscellaneous expenses that might incur in the cause of this transaction.

Note, I have all the necessary legal documents to back up this claim, and this I must do to make sure that this fund is not wasted or end up in the wrong hands. All I require is your honest and sincere co-operation to enable us see this ordeal and claim through, again I
guarantee you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law.

Reply me through my private e-mail addres;( for further explanations before proceed and as soon as I hear from you, A VERY GOOD EVIDENCE WILL BE GIVING TO YOU FOR CONFIRMATIONS. Trusting to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Chiwetalu P. Onuma.

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