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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: "jane marknaweze" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 14:18:21 +0000
Subject: confidential

Dear Friend, You maybe surprised to received this message from me today
beacause we do not actually know. But i got your contact from the Chamber of
Conmmerce and industries and iam contacting you for the ultimate purpose of
investment. I am Mrs Jean Mark Nwaeze. Iam constrained to contact you on
INVESTMENT basis. my Husband was a minister during the last Military
Government Regime in Nigeria and he died from a severe situation of cardiact
arrest, which claimed his life even before the handing over of power to the
present Elected Democratic Government. Before his death he drew my attention
to the sum US25, 000 000.00(twenty five million US Dollars) Which he kept in
a financial secutity firm for safe keeping and futher. investment purposes
for the family. he has always told me that the funds were meant to be
invested in an international business and warned me thoroughly not to invest
this money in my country to avoid suspicious from the Authorities that be.
the present government who are not friends to any military past office
holder and also due to the political and economic instability in nigeria. he
always told me to invest this money overseas where the TAX POLICIES are not
harsh and also beacuase the ECONOMY is stable and predictable. As a civil
servant and a doctor who just graduated from the university a few years
back, I will be queried if caught or seen with such huge sum of money and
because the Democratic Government are presently harassing and confisticating
properties and freezing accounts that belongs to the past Military post
holders most especially Governors and Ministers that is also why i need your
assitance to help me claim this funds from the Financial Security Firm where
it was deposited. And after that you will also assit me to transfer the
funds into A reliable bank account for futher disbursement and proceeding in
the business investment. As a civil servant , the civil service code of
conduct bureau does not permit me to own an OFF-SHORE bank account and ifs
source since Iam a young civil servant and based on the present maltreatment
from this government which is also affecting my family. My Child who is in
his final year in school has suggested that it will be better to look for
trusted Foreign patner who will act as the beneficiary to this money. this
will be a double favour as the beneficiary will help me invest this money in
his country into viable business investment which he is knowledgeable about.
I therefore solicit your kind assitance in this issue and also the provision
of a reliable account where the money can be transfferd to before the
disbursement. On the receipt of your response I shall provide the entire
Documents with which the funds were deposited and laso facilitate the change
of beneficiary to your name from the firm so that you can lay the claims
over the funds with ease. finally we shall discuss the sharing ratio as soon
as we have agreed to go into partnership in this transaction and this will
be proved by your prompt response. Mrs Jean to:

Mrs Jane Marknwaeze

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