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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: ashichukwu <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 19:05:11 -0500

MR.Ashi Chukwu.


I am Mr. Ashi Chukwu an accounts officer in a financial
institution,I discovered a dormant account with a large
amount of money valued $10,5,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand us
Dollars).Upon my investigation I discovered it belonged to one of our late
clients Mr. Herman Baker, that died in a automobile accident in November
1999. I got your details in my search for any possible relation to Mr. Herman
Baker. During the period of this investigation i also discovered that the
deceased died in the auto-accident with his wife, he left no will and nobody
behind to come for the claim as next of kin. As his family could not be
traced. The banking law
here stipulates that if such money remains unclaimed for
six years, it will be forfeited to the bank treasury as an
unclaimed bill and sent to the governments account. A local
citizen cannot stand as a kin to a foreigner. It is upon
this discovery that i have decided to contact you to ensure
that the funds is used for some viable project as it ought
to be instead of using the funds for malicious purposes or
for perpetrating evil. If you are interest urgently reach
me through the above stated email,telephone numbers to
enable me give you the full details of this transaction and
how it is going to work out. What i want from you is for
you to act as the deceased next of kin. I have in my
possession all necessary document to successfully
accomplish this task. This whole process should be fully
accomplished within 5-7 working days, further information
will be given to you as soon as I receive your positive
response via e-mail or telephone.

Anticipating your urgent reply.

Best regards,

Ashi Chukwu.

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