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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: "ZUPAN MARK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <zupanmark220@163.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:22:42 +0800
Subject: YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED

GOOD DAY.
I AM SENDING YOU THIS VERY EMAIL TO ASKED IF YOU ARE ABLE TO STAND AND
RECIEVE NINE MILLION AND FORTY FIVE THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY ($9,045 000.00) ,

IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT AT YOUR COUNTRY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM IF ITS
BEEN WIRED FROM CHINA TO YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY?.

THIS IS TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER SYSTEM AND DOSE NO NEED ANY DOCUMENTS BEFORE
REMITTANCE . SO WITH MY POSITION AS THE BANK CASHER/ACCOUNTANT, CONSIDER IT

DONE EFFECTIVELY BECAUSE I WILL COVER IT UP AND THE BANK WILL AGREED TO
TRANSFER IT TO YOU IMMEDIATELY AS THE RIGHT BENEFICIARY OF THE FUNDS . BUT
ALL I NEEDED FROM YOU IS TRUST,HONEST,TRUTH AND FULL CO-OPERATION, SO AS YOU

WILL RECEIVE THIS FUND WITHIN A VERY SHORT LITTLE TIME.
ON THESE REGARDS, I NEEDS YOUR QUICK RESPONSE SO AS YOU WILL RECEIVE THIS

FUND IMMEDIATELY AND WE BOTH HAVE 50% EACH SHARE.
THIS IS 100% REAL,SAVE AND RISK FREE BECAUSE THE BANK HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE AND
IT CANNOT BE TRACE ONCE THIS FUND IS MOVE OUT OF THE COUNTRY TO YOU AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE.

BANK REQUIRE
YOU ARE TO FILL THE FORM BELOW, AS A WRITTEN APPLICATION TO CLAIM THE
FUND,AND OTHER REQUIREMENT SUCH LIKE IDENTITY WOULD BE COVERED UP BY ME OK.
PLEASE FILL UP CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM AND SEND IT BACK TO US
FULL NAMES OF BENEFICIARY.................
CONTACT ADDRESS:..................................
EMAIL;.............................................
CITY/STATE:.......................................

COUNTRY:...........................................
OCCUPATION......................................
NATIONALITY:......................................
SEX:.......................AGE:...................
MARITAL STATUS....................................
TEL NO:...........................................

ONCE I RECEIVED THE ABOVE INFORMATIONS, l WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCESS THE
COVERY DOCUMENT HERE IN CHINA AND TABLE IT DOWN TO THE BANK MANAGER FOR
IMMEDIATE TRANSFER AND YOU WILL RECEIVE IT WITHOUT ANY DELAY, WITHIN SEVEN
WORKING DAYS REGARDING ON YOUR TRUE CO-OPERATION WITH ME.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,
MR.ZUPAN MARK
zupanmark@rediffmail.com
THE ACCOUNTANT











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