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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:

Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 02:52:54 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?CONTACT=20MRS=20NGOZI=20CHUKWU?=


It's been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to use this medium to
thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving
the fund through your account. Besides I'm happy to inform you that I have
succeeded in transfering the fund out of my home Country with the help of
a new partner from Tuvalu and Tuvalu is composed of 9 coral atolls along
a 360 mile chain in Polynesia. They gained independence in 1978. The former
Ellice Islands..

My dear, everything was perfectly done because we strike the deal with one
of the Lady accountant who works with the Remittance Department of the Federal
Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help to us. Actualy
my new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.
But in appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Fund
to your account Now I am writing you this mail to verify if you have received
the little token of appreciation I made available for you, for your humanity
concern as regards my previous proposal for you to help me champion the
transaction which is already concluded.

Presently I'm in Tuvalu for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. Please I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist
me despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my account keeper in
Benin her name is Mrs.Ngozi Chukwu.........

Cooperate Bureau
Carre 1299, Ste Rita Cotonou City
Cotonou Benin Republic
Email:- (
Tel: +229 9303 7800.

I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $2.5 million united state
dollars (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand USD) which i deposited on your
behalf in D&D security company,in a Cash box.So feel free and get in touched
with him and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it.In the moment, I'm very
busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner
are having at hand.He will send the amount to you without any delay.


Mrs.Ifeoma Chukwu

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