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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: "MARIA" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 07:32:15 +0100
Subject: Please Read This Carefully

Please Read This Carefully

An Iraqi made a fixed deposit of $6,500,000.00 Million United State Dollars in my bank branch and he died
with his entire family leaving behind no next of kin, am ready to share 50/50 with you if you choose to stand
as my deceased client next of kin.

Please if you are interested and willing to work as my partner to this transaction I advice you indicate by
sending the following below to show your interest.

1.Your full names
2.Your resident address
3.Youre Occupation
4.Your phone number
5.Date of birth
6.Country of resident

Your response with the requested information should be sent to reach me at my personal email address:
Email Contact:yangkanil@yahoo.com.hk if only you are interested.
Yours Truly,
Tang Wong Yu

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