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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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Fraud email example:

From: "clemente donard" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 14:52:24 +0000
Subject: HELLO

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.Seon Mo Lee, managing director of China National Arts & Crafts
Import/Export. Corp. we are a group of business men and women that deal on
Art and
Craft and export into the Canada/America and Europe. We are searching
for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to
our customers in the Canada/America and Europe as well as making
payments through you to us. Please if you are interested in transacting
business with us we will be very glad.

Please contact us for more information. Subject to your satisfaction
you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we
will pay for your services as our representative in Canada/America and

Please if you are interested forward to me the following:

1.Full names:
2.Your phone number/fax:
3.Your full contact addresses:

Managing Director,
Mr. Seon Mo Lee.

Please for the sake of confidentiality I would like you to reply me via
my private email account: seon

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