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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: heachuna akuwueze <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 07:00:12 -0700

Hello Sir,

I am Mr Heachuna Akuwueze, the personal accounting officer to Mr Williams,
a national of your country, who used to work with

shell development company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as
my client.

On the 21st of April 2002, my client, his wife And their three children
were involved in a car accident along sagbama express

road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since
then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to

locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his surname
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family

hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the
money and property left behind by my client before they

get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge
deposits were lodged.

Particularly,the Union bank Plc where the deceased had an account valued at
about 10.5million dollars has issued me a notice as

his accounting officer to provide the next of kin or have the account
confiscated within the next ten official working days.
since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years
now i seek your consent to present you as the next of

kin of the deceased since you have the same nationality with him, so that
the proceeds of this account valued at 10.5million dollars can be

paid to you and then you and me can share the money.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation

to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you

from any breach of the law.

Thanks and God Bless

Best Regards.
Mr. Heachuna Akuwueze.

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