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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: "mrchigozie1 Gazeta.pl" <mrchigozie1@gazeta.pl>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 14:07:10 +0000
Subject: ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD16.2M


* STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL *
*OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTE
ECOWAS HEADQUARTERS
LOME,REPUBLIC OF TOGO *
**
*Attn: My Good Friend


ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD16.2M *
**
** *Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if
it might offend you without your prior consent and writing through this
channel. I am Mr Chigozie Anyi,The Chairman, Contract Awarding committee of
the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES ( ECOWAS)with
Headquarters in Lome,
Togo. *
**
*I got your contact through Network on line in my search for a reliable and
reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction that involves a
transfer of fund to a foreign account and I decided to write you. After
discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were very much
satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business
relationship.We wish to transfer the sum of USD 16.2m (Sixteen Million Two
hundred Thousand United States Dollars only)into your personal or company`s
bank account. *
**
*This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us
for the supply of ammunitions, hard/softwares,phamaceauticals/medical
items,light and heavy duty vehicles, apperals and other administrative
logistics etc for the ECOMOG in Sierria-Leone and Liberia during the Peace
Keeping Projects. This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully
protected with all the attendant lope holes sealed off.As the Chairman of
CAC,I have the cooperation and mandate of the Financial Director and the
Secretary of the Organisation.We arranged and over invoiced the contract
funds supplied by different companies from different countries during the
crisis. *
**
*It was ourconsensus to seek the assistance of a willing foreigner to
provide us with the facilities to transfer this money out of West
Africa.This is borne out of our beleif in the non-stable and sporous
political nature of this sub-region. The original contractors have been
duely paid by the Banque Centrale Des Etats De L`Afrique De L`Ouest (Central
Bank of the West African States)through our bankers-INTERNATIONAL BANK OF
AFRICA(IBA)UNION TOGOLAISE DE BANQUE(UTB),ECO BANK,BTCI BANK LOME TOGO. *
**
*This balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any
foreign company of our choice.We intend to pay out this fund now as the
organisation is winding up its activities since the aim of returning PEACE
to the countries and the coast has been achieved. Based on the laws and
ethics of employment,we as civil servants working under this organisation,
are not allowed to operate a foreign account. *
**
*This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account
that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future investment with
your comprehensive advise,assistance and partnership in your country. It is
however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you 30% of the
entire sum as compensation, 65% will be held on trust for us while 5% will
be usedto defray any incidental charges and cost during the course of the
transaction. *
**
*This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14 days if you
accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation.You should provide the
followings:YOUR COMPANY`S NAME WITH COMPLETE ADDRESS, TELEPHONE AND FAX
NUMBERS.(if available) THE NAME OF YOUR BANK,ITS ADDRESS WITH TEL,FAX AND
YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBER, THE COMPLETE MAILING ADRRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY WITH
TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS. *
**
*Upon the receipt of this informations,i will forward them to the
organisation for ratification and subsequent payment. As with the case of
all organised (sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit for your unreserved
confidentiality and utmost secret in this business. We hope to retire
peacefully and leave a honourable business life afterwards.There are no
risks involved. Contact me through this email below. (
mrchigozieanyitg1@yahoo.com*)
*With regards.
Mr Chigozie Anyi*

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