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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: Chidozie Ifechukwu <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 05:30:57 +0300

chidozie ifechukwu AND ASSOCIATES
Talackerstrasse 1, P.O. Box 05 Zurich
Opfikon-Glattbrugg, Switzerland.

I am Dr. chidozie ifechukwua financial consultant based in Zurich,
Switzerland. I have a client (widow) she has Twenty Million
Pounds (£20.000.00000) with Eagle Finance Company
based inGuernsey Island UK for safekeeping.

My client is willing to offer you 20% of the total fund ifyou can
assist her transfer this fund to your country or any bankof your
wish as she needs an assistance of a trustworthy person whowill
be willing to offer financial/moral assistance for herproposed
profit oriented transaction in order for her to invest in astable economy.
Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapidgrowth in
long terms.

My client is interested in placing part of herfund in
your company. You can contact me for more details via myprivate e- mail
address: stated above for more details.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. chidozie ifechukwu (Chairman)

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