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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. Zhu Cheong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:13:22 +0100

Dear Sir/Ma,

I am Mr. Zhu Cheong, I work with Allied Irish Bank, I wish to place your name as the beneficiary to GBP 9.7 Million Pounds due to the death of the depositor who died many years ago along with her family.

Note, that for your assistance, our sharing percentage will be 50/50 and on hearing from you i shall furnish you with more details on what next to do.

Awaiting your quick response,
Mr. Zhu Cheong.

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