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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: Chukwuma Alaba <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:10:12 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Mrs.Nwa Chukson

>From Mrs.Nwa Chukson


Good Day,


Firstly, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs.Nwa Chukson, I am visually impaired Widow, a mother of two children and former Premier of the Northern Cape Province (22 April 2004 - 10 May 2011) under the auspices of the President of Cote Divoire, Alasan, and now elected as a Minister of Energy of the Republic of Cote Divoire since 11 May 2012. Under, the auspices of the new President of Cote Divorce , Alasan.


I got your contact curtsey in our foreign information exchange in Cote Dovoire on a personal request in search of a reliable and trustworthy foreign individual, though we have not mlt before, After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$30.5M ( Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only, Mrs.Nwa Chukson and read about me, My husband Mr. Nwa Chukson died during Apartheid   war in Cote Divoire in 2011,After his death I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a security and finance institution in Cote Divoire  of which I will divulge information to you when I get your full consent and support to go for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds into you a comfortable and conducive account of your choice, and my late husband kept  this fund for a purpose of foreign
investment for my children.


 This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed with the Government of Cote Divorce.



 I am offering you 20% of the principal sum which amounts to US$6,100.000.00 (Six million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) and 5% will be for any expenses that both of us may Insure in this transaction. And another 5%will go for Motherless babes home. However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me email only:


 If,  you want to speak with my elder son that is fine and okay by me. you can contact my son on his direct line+225-66-52-12-11 or any time you want to speak with me then i will give you my private numbers so that we can talk more about the transfer, Moreover the name of my Son is {Mr. Jordan Peters} Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality of this transaction.


 My, Regards to your family.

Mrs. Nwa Chukson

Minister of Energy


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