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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: "Hua Xia Bank" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:57:49 +0300
Subject: == Re: 10/12/2018 ==


It's nice meting you and I thank you for giving me your audience as we have not meet each other before, but sometimes in life luck and faith play's a role in two people meeting from nowhere to become friends or business partners.

My dear, I wish to place your name as the beneficiary to an overdue fund sum of USD35.5 Million which is equivalent to GBP27.5Million British Pounds belonging to my late client who died leaving no body to inherit her fund as her next of kin column is blank. I am contacting you that we may have a deal, note 50% of the sum will be for you while the other 50% will be my share as well.

Though I know the Internet medium is highly abuse this days but am assuring you that this has nothing to do with any fraudulent activity. Please kindly send me your reply if you are interested with my proposal in order for me to email you in full details.

NB: Please direct your reply to my Outlook Email Address for security reasons:

I will be waiting for your quick response,

Yours Sincerely,
Mr Timothy Lee.

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