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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.Fabian chukwu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 06:20:34 -0700

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder that is because of the
Restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider we (FBI) urge you to treat it genuinely.

PHONE +2349081656882

Greetings, Am Mr.Fabian chukwu, director cash processing unit, united bank for Africa [UBA the only bank appointed by the A.U. Members lead by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Because of the frauds going on in West Africa countries where some innocent beneficiaries were asked to pay in advance before receiving their money owed to them.The above Africa union held meeting in Nigeria and resolve to pay all beneficiaries in cash through means of diplomatic courier service. We receive your files from international monetary fund (I.M.F.) as one of the Beneficiaries.

Take note: Three thousand united state dollars (USD$3,000) have been mapped out for all expenses in taxes and other documents that matters.Therefore, I want you to bear it in mind that your total fund will not be five million united state dollars ($5, 000. 000, 00) but four million and Nine hundred and ninety seven thousand united state dollars ($4.997,000.00).

If anybody tells you that he is paying you in bank draft or telegraphic money transfer both western union and money gram, do not listen to him or her because due to this frauds no international bank honors our remittance instruction any more that is why we settled to pay in cash through courier.We also received a security report that you aid the fraudsters who have been deceiving you, telling you that they are going to send this money to you.

Dear, as a senior banker, controlling this cash payment now, I advise you not to waste your money by paying any body in advance again, and if you just follow my instruction, you will receive your money in three days time.Your fund will now be packaged in box and take to the diplomatic courier service for immediate shipment, and it will be registered under Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) to ensure safety, and I will send you more mails to give you more information for you to know the genuineness of this transaction.
Therefore, do forward your home address and direct phone number to this E-Mail

All the documents will be sent to you if I am assured that you have stopped dealing and sending money to those fraudsters.Am waiting to hear from you with the

required information of yours.
Fabian Chukwu
Direct phone: PHONE: +2349081656882

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