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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: "Le Min Thia" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:01:35 +0000
Subject: In Search Of Honesty

Dear Partner,

Please treat this with the utmost confidentiality and if you do not have interest I apologize for my intrusion.
My name is Le Minh Thia; senior staff with Wing Lung Bank 112 Queen's Road, Central, Main Branch,Hong Kong.
I have a matter of utmost importance and confidentiality that I will like to discuss with you.

I am contacting you concerning an investment that was placed under our bank's management for a period of 18 months in 2001.
A client of my bank by the name Mr.Richard Gelb made a Fixed Deposit and Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but I found out that he died without making a WILL, and no next of kin in all his official documents with my bank.

If you are interested then let me know so that i send you more information.Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured
that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us.

Best regards,

Mr. Le Minh Thai.

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