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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: chriseze <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:52:42 +0200
Subject: FROM Mr; Chris Eze,\\\\Date: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Date: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Dear Friend,

You may not understand why this email came to you. But if you do not
remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past
regarding business proposal which we never concluded.

I want to use this opportunity to thank you very much for your past
to assist me with this transaction which failed due to one reason or
other. And also to inform you that the transaction has been concluded
the assistance of another partner from Thailand who financed the
transaction to a logical conclusion.

Due to your past effort, sincerity, and trust you showed during the
of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to
you with the sum of 2,500, 000 dollars as a sign of appreciation.

I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of
2,500,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world. I would like you to
contact my
secretary Mr. Foxton Richard, on his direct email address at: ( ) for the
collection of the bank draft. I authorized him to release the Bank
draft to
you whenever you contact him.

At this moment, I'm very busy because of the investment projects and
charity organization which I want to run with my new partner.

CONTACT: Mr. Foxton Richard, My Secretary, and forward to him your full
name, Postal address and your telephone number to open contact with
His email address :( )

Yours Sincerely

Mr; Chris Eze

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