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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: "chigudu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:02:01 -0700


This is victor Chigudu from Zimbabwe presently living in India as a student undergoing my pastoral program in catholic Christian collage new Delhi, i am writing you on behalf of my uncle Dr Daniel Chigudu who based in London united kingdom who want to invest with $10million us dollars, here is my uncle profile link below: my uncle is interested in investing with anyone who has business ideas in any of the following areas below:

1. Real estate investment,
2. Fore trading,
3. Hotel investment,
4. School investment,
5. Transportation investment,
6. Oil and gas investment.

Agriculture or any lucrative international or national business but it must be handled by the individual or company nominated. i believe in sincerity and honesty.

The main purpose is for investments and return of profits from investment on a long term agreement and utilization of funds.

If you are capable to handle this; considering the funds that is involved, please do not hesitate to respond to my mail and forward to me your business ideas or job plans.

Contact email id: {}. Please do not disregard this mail as i have being vague with details until i receive a response and information from you.

My very best regards,
Victor Chigudu.

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