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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: "Mr.Chan Tian" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2011 23:42:04 +0200
Subject: Business Proposal

How are you today? I'm Mr.Cheng Tian, I work with the Mevas Bank ", Hong
Kong. I wish to make a transfer involving a huge amount of money worth
$21,500,000.00 I do solicit for you assistance in effecting this
transaction. I intend to give 40% of the total funds as compensation for
your assistance. if interested, Please get back to me for details.
necessary procedures.

Mr. Cheng Tian

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