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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: lee kiang <>
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 10:32:21 +0100
Subject: Hello

I am Lee Kiang,an attorney at law.A deceased client of mine, that shares the same last name as your's,died as a result of a heart-related condition in March 12th 2008.Leaving behind a deposit valued at $19 million dollars. His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26th
December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia . ttp://

This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law,you can also contact me on my private

Best Regards,

Lee Kiang.
Attorney at Law.

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