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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: "chu ahmed" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 19:19:55 +0000
Subject: Re: Best Regards

Dear Friend,

First and foremost, I want to apologize if this message does not suit your
personal or business
ethics, I am contacting you based on information obtained from International
business consultant here. Mr.Chu Ahmed Jr is my name the son of late Mr. Dol
Ahmed a well known Oil and Gas magnate in Cote d’Ivoire who later involved
himself into politics; one cool afternoon my father was assassinated by the
incumbent political opponent who sees my late father as a threat to their
political ambition.

After the death of my father, my step mother revealed to me on a sick bed
before her death, that my late father deposited the sum of $20.5M with a
private security firm in one of the South American countries,he deposited
the money just for the use of fighting against the incumbent political
opponent and I write as the next of kin of the deceased to seek your
cooperation as my foreign partner and your assistance to enable me receive
the money from the private security firm for the benefit of our joint
business venture in the stable economy of your country or abroad.

Now I am in the United Kingdom seeking for political asylum due to the
problem in my country Cote d’Ivoire which sent my father to his early grave;
my late step mother warned him not to go into politics but he was adamant. I
known that there is a lot of scam/fraud going on in the world today via
internet but you should understand the fact that technologies has also
brought business/investment opportunities to the global village today; in
every society, there is the good and the bad ones, it’s just that one have
to be careful. I must let you know that good business partners and friends
are always known by chance just as we are now if only we would believe in
each other
and allow success materialized.

I have agreed within me to give out 20% of $20.5M to charity organizations
which you will be the one to do the donations to any one of your choice
while the 80% of $20.5M will be invested jointly. With regards to what type
of investment we can go into, please note that I do not have any particular
one in mind, so it all depends on your advice as to what we shall go into
when you finally receive the funds.

I will appreciate you indicate your interest by responding back to me via
E mail: or possibly with a phone call on my direct
line: +44-7031967814 for more details.

Best regards.
Mr Chu Ahmed Jr.

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