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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: Rev Dr Chima Beko <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:48:03 -0800

Dear Friend

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail meets you in a perfect condition. You may not understand why
this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have
received an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar
business proposal which we never concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that the
multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with another person
who financed it to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great
effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one
reason or the other best known to you.But I want to inform you that I
have successfully transferred the fund out of the bank to my new
partner account in London that was capable of assisting me in this
great venture.

Due to your effort sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show
my gratitude to you with the sum of $850,000.00. I have left an
international certified bank draft for you worth $850,000.00 cashable
anywhere in the world.

Now contact my personal secretary I left the check with him, do
furnish him with your full contact details such as thus:

(1) Full names……….
(2) house address……..
(3) Telephone/fax number………..

Email Address:
Tel No : 2348020999313

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy together after all the effort at that time. In the moment, I
am very busy here in Uk because of the investment projects, which the
new partner and I have at hand. So feel free to get in touch with Mr
JAMES UCHE to send the check to you without any delay.

Best Regards
Rev Dr Chima Beko

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