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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: Kim <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:25:32 +0100
Subject: Re: HELLO

Dear Prospective Partner,

This is a Management Proposal on behalf of Mr. Lee Myung-bak, the former President of South Korea.
Mr. Lee Myung-bak is looking for an experienced business person/company that can profitably invest monies in excess of Forty Nine Million US Dollars outside Korea. The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity, most importantly, you will be required to:

[1]. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
[2]. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
[3]. Invest/Manage the funds outside of Korea.

Mr. Lee Myung-bak is willing to pay 10% for your role as the beneficiary partner to the funds. Also, a subsequent 10% "Management Commission" will be paid for your advised investment services. If you prefer to be re-contacted for more express information, please send us your:

[1] Full Names:
[2] Contact Address:
[3] Direct Telephone No:

Be advised to visit the following links to be better acquainted with Mr. Lee Myung-bak current profile and personality.

We expect your correspondence and our response will be swift.

Duheong Kim

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Thư này bao gồm các tập tin đính kèm. Dữ liệu có thể bị sửa đổi, bị chặn và thay đổi trái phép, bị xáo trộn và có thễ bị nhiễm virus. Chúng tôi chỉ gửi và nhận thư trên cơ sở chúng tôi không chịu trách nhiệm trước những việc sửa đổi, việc bị chặn, xáo trộn hay lây nhiễm virus hay bất kỳ hậu quả nào từ các việc nêu trên.

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