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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: "Dr Chug Choo Young" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 10:33:39 +0000
Subject: From Dr Chug Choo Young.

I want you to patiently read this offer.

for security reasons please reply to:

Dr Chug Choo Young,


We want to transfer to overseas ($ 52,000.000.00 USD) Fifty two million
United States Dollars) from a Prime Bank in Asia, I want to ask you to
quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and
fit to
provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c
immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to
this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for
important business trusting in you and believing in God that you will
let me down either now or in future.

I am the above named the M.D of Jubeeg Venture, the Auditor General of
banks in Asia, during the course of our auditing last year, I
discovered a
floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 1990, however since
nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old
files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died
a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money
urgently it will be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is
Allan P. Seaman, a foreigner, and an industrialist, and he died, since
And no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning
it, the
account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as
that Allan P. Seaman until his death was the manager Diamond Safari
[pty] of
South Africa.

We will start the first transfer with Twenty two million [$22,000.000]
Upon successful transaction without any disappoint from your side, we
re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account, the
involved is (USD 52M) Fifty two million United States Dollars only. We
transfer $22,000.000 [Twenty two million United States Dollar of the
sum into a safe foreigners account abroad before the rest, I am only
contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to
local person here, without valid international foreign passport, but
only be approved to any foreigner with valid international passport or
drivers license and foreign a/c because the money is in us dollars and
former owner of the a/c Mr. Allan P. Seaman is a foreigner too, and
money can only be approved into a foreign a/c. However, we will sign a
binding agreement, to bind us together.

I got your contact address from your chamber of commence, I am
this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this
business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting
this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the
step to take urgently. Send also your private telephone and fax number
including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit.

If possible I would like us to meet face to face to build confidence
and to
sign a binding agreement that will bind us together before transferring
money to any account of your choice where the fund will be safe. I need
full co-operation to make this work fine. Because the management is
ready to
approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of
account, which I will give to you, upon your positive response and once
I am
convinced that you are capable and will meet up with instruction of a
bank official who is deeply involved with me in this business. I need
strong assurance that you will never, never let me down. The bank
will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this
leaving no trace to any place. And to build confidence you can come
immediately to discuss with me face to face after which I will make
remittance in your presence and three of us will fly to your country at
least two days ahead of the money going into the account. I will apply
annual leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that you are ready
act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my position and
influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this
money to
your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant ministries
foreign exchange departments.

I look forward to your earliest reply
yours truly,

Dr Chug Choo Young

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