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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: "FROM THE DESK OF Mr.Song Li Le." <onlinenotice11@colombia.com>
Reply-To: sosonglilee@yahoo.com.hk
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 13:06:42 -0700
Subject:


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FROM THE DESK OF Mr.Song Li Le.
Dear Friend.

I am Mr.Song Li Le, a director of operations at United Oversea Bank Ltd.

I have a business proposal to make to you, with regards to certain amount of
money,running into millions in US.

Please get back to me via email,if you are intrested.

Mr.Song Li Le.
United Oversea Bank Hong Kong.
Central Branch G/F,
SBI Centre 54-58
Des Voeux Road Central
Hong Kong.
Email: sosonglilee@yahoo.com.hk

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