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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: "Mr. Cheng-Wang Fu" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Cheng-Wang Fu" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:52:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend.

I am Mr. Cheng-Wang Fu,  Account Manager of Vivo Energy with the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA). I came to know of you in my search for a reputable person who can handle a very strictly, confidential transaction which involves transfer of a reasonable sum of money to a foreign account, here in my department awaiting for remittance.

Presently, there is ($8 Million US Dollars) only. I am the account manager of the contract award committee that monitored the award and execution of a contract of $138 Million US Dollar by a foreign firm. And I myself over invoiced this contract and declared $130 Million US Dollar. After the successful execution of the contract. I now have $8 Million US Dollars, that I can only claim with the assistance of a foreign firm, I now seek if you would permit the said funds to be remitted into your personal account, so that we share it.

However, I would wish to receive your personal assurance that you would not sit on the money when it goes into your account and more importantly, you keep confidential this transaction, in order not to tarnish the confidence reposed in my involved in this transaction. Tentatively, I have agreed that 60% of the money goes to the office where this money originated, 30% to you, while 5% would be used to defray whatever expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction and 5% to charity organization in your Country.

Finally, on acceptance of this request, Be informed that on the completion of this business, I will use my share of the money to procure goods from your company or any company you may introduce in your Country.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. 
Thank you.
Mr. Cheng-Wang Fu.

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