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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: andrew lee <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 09:44:10 -0500
Subject: personal assistant

Dear Director,

I got your contact during my search on the Internet. My name is ANDREW LEE,
a manager of a branch of (I.C.B.C) INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA here
in Hong Kong.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of
As the manager of the Branch of the bank,

it my duty to send financial reports to my head office.

On the course of the last year 2006 end of the of the year report,

I discovered that my branch which I am the manager made Ten Million five
Hundred Thousand US Dollars(10,500.000.00) of which my head office is not aware
of and will never be aware of it.

I have since then PLACED this fund on a SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without a
As an officer of the bank,

I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request
for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I intend to
part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me.

I do need to assure you that there are practically no risks involved in
this. It is going to be a bank-to bank transfer. All I need from you is to
stand as the original depositor of this fund.
If you accept this offer, I
will appreciate your timely response.

Reply to:
With regards,
Andrew Lee
Hong Kong
Tel:+ 852 66785373
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