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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: "Mrs. Wang Jian Ling" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrperryc@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:00:15 -0800
Subject: Business Deal Proposal !!!

Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs. Wang Jian ling, the financial controller at CCB International, and I am getting in touch with you regarding a business deal worth $ 92,000,000.00 Million Dollars in my control which will be executed under a legitimate arrangement.

I am contacting you independently and will intimate you more about myself and details of the project if and when I receive your response. Kindly get back to me on my private email if you are interested in partnering with me on this project. Contact me via my private email: wling@w.cn
Sincerely,
Mrs. Wang Jian Ling

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