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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: chibo eze3 <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 00:20:26 +0100
Subject: Now contact my secretary

my good friend I am happy to inform you about my successin getting those funds transferred underthe cooperation of a new partner from Hongkong.Presently I am in Hongkong for investment projectswith my own share of the total sum. meanwhile, Ididn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assistme in transferring those funds despite that it failedus some how. Now contact my secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic hisname is MR blessing leo and his Email:(secretary and ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 which I kept for yourpast efforts and attempts toassist me in this matter.I appreciated your efforts atthat time very feel free and get intouchedwith my Secretary blessing obi and instruct him where to sendthe amount to you.Please do let me know immediately you receive it sothat we can share the joy after all the sufferness atthat time. in the moment, I am very busy here becauseof the investment projects which me and the new.partner are having at hand, finally, remember that Ihad forwarded instruction to the secretary on yourbehalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr blessing obi will send the amount to you with out any delay.Best Rregard 1. FULL NAMES:_____________________________________________2. ADDRESS:_________________________________________________3. SEX:_____________4. AGE:_______5. MARITAL STATUS:_______________6.OCCUPATION:_______________________________7. E-MAIL ADDRESS:____________________________8. TELEPHONE NUMBER:________________________9. FAX:NUMBER_______________________________10. BREIF DESCRIPTION OFCOMPANY/ INDIVIDUAL:_________________________________________________________________________11.CITY:_____________________12. STATE:_____________________13.COUNTRY:_________________ mr chibo eze
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