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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: "Dr. Ogochukwu s. Ekezie" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 21:03:27 -0800

Credit Officer Citibank Of Nigeria PLC.
Citibank Nigeria Plc.
35 Marina Street Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria.
Direct Mobile Line:+234-7031225512

Good Day Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well.

Please this letter is strictly personal, intimate and
confidential.There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly
understood,but it is my duty to write and reach out to you, Please, I
want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you My name
is Mr.Ogochukwu S. Ekezie, Credit Officer Citibank Of Nigeria PLC.

I wish to know if we can work together.I would like you to stand as
the next of kin to my deceased client who made some deposits amounting
$15.6m USD to our bank, late Mr.Morris Thompson, 61,of Fairbanks,
Alaska who died on January 31 aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 261, he
died without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have
an open beneficiary mandate.


However, if you are interested you do let me know as the sharing of
the fund between the two of us will be as follows: 30% of the total
sum will go to you for your effort and commitment to the success of
this transaction.. 60% will be for us here while 10% goes for church
and less-privileged. So let me know if you are interested so that I
can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do, I urgently
hope to get your response as soon as possible or call me.

Meanwhile, I want to tell you that as soon as i received your
informations, I will do everything to make sure that this funds was
been packaged in your name here and send it to you through diplomatic
movement to your country, which i know going through bank to bank
transfer may costs us much, and also going to take us time to get due
what happened in America on 9/11 about bombing, so i assured you that
you always be with me as i assured you that both of us will get this
fund together as one through diplomatic movement to yourt country,
without any hitch.

Please kindly send the followings information to enable me instate you
fully as the next of kin herein the bank. I will appreciate if you
call me if you need any clearification before proceeding and you have
to send your reply urgently.

1. Your full name
2. Your Residential Address
3. Your age and occupation
4. Telephone numbers/Moble Number
5. Identification such as your international passport or Driving Lincense.

Kindly revert to my proposal urgently with the above-mentioned
information so that I can instate you herein as the next of kin and
beneficiary of the inheritance fund.If you find it difficult to reach
me via this email call me so I can direct you properly on how to reach

Best regards,

Dr. Ogochukwu s. Ekezie,
Credit Officer Citibank Of Nigeria PLC.
Citibank Nigeria Plc.
35 Marina Street Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria.
Direct Mobile Line: +234-7031225512

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