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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: Randy Chuby <>
Reply-To: Randy Chuby <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:57:14 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Friend,

I am Mr Randy Chuby and I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred to your account. Now I want you to contact my
secretary on his email address below and receive your compensation of $4.5M (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand) US dollars from him:

NAME: Mr George Amber
Tel : 234-706 587 4083

Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information:

Your full name_______
Your address_________
Your country___________
Your age_________
Your occupation_________
Your Phone number_________

Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he will not release the Cheque to you because he has to be sure that it is you. Ask him to
send you the total sum of ($4.5M)USD CASHIER'S CHEQUE ,which I kept for you. Note also that I will not be reached by email or phone for now
because I am currently away in Japan for investment purpose with my share and I will be busy till about six months time or a year.

Best regards,

Mr Randy Chuby

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