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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: "Barr Alexander Akuchukwu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:47:19 -0800
Subject: dear friend

Dear Friend,
Please forgive me if this message came to you in a manner you did not expect,it is due to the urgent nature of the message I want to pass to you. My name is Alexander Akuchukwu. I am a lawyer to late MR.BRONISLAW GEREMEK. Late Mr.Geremek was a Polish citizen and he was a Category "A" contractor to the Nigerian Government before he died in a car crash on July 13, 2008.
I contacted you because of the payment of Twenty Two Million United States Dollars for the last contract Mr. Geremek did for Nigerian Government under the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2006. INEC is ready to pay him for that contract now, but there is no one to receive the payment because he has no recorded Next-of-Kin in his file at INEC.INEC has mandated me as his lawyer to produce an appointed Next-of-Kin who will receive the payment. On this capacity, therefore, I seek your consent to present you as an appointed Next-of-Kin, so that this contract payment will be paid to you.
Once the payment is made to you, both of us will share it at the ratio of 50/50. That is, Eleven Million for you and Eleven Million for me. I must let you know that your name and place of residence does not matter in this process. Also understand that we shall not be doing wrong to humanity by claiming the money because if we do not claim it, the Government will retain it. I want to assure you that this will be done under a legitimate and official way such that we will not go against the law. I will provide necessary legal documents to back up the claim. The most important thing I need is  your honest cooperation.
If you are interested in this proposal and offer, kindly indicate by sending the following data to me for immediate submission to INEC for the claim, and please kindly understand that these funds can also be moved to any of our co-operate banks in Europe or Asia so as to make it easy and convenient for you to claim them. The data I need from you are:
(1) your full name.
(2) Your full address.
(3) Your age & occupation.
(4) Your private telephone.
(5) Your Identification (If any).
Let me hear from you.
Best regards,
Mr.Alexander Akuchukwu.
Tel +234-708-498-0164

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