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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: "aowMr. John Young" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 14:17:49 +0200
Subject: From: Mr. John Young vveq

From: Mr. John Young
Seoul,South Korea.

I will introduce myself I am Mr.John Young a Banker working in a bank in south Korea Until now I am the
account officer to most of the south Korea government accounts and I have since discovered that most
of the account are dormant account with alot of money in the account on further investigation I found
out that one particular account belong to the former president of south Korean MR PARK CHUNG
HEE,who ruled south Korean from 1963-1979 and this particular account has a deposit of $48m with
no next of kin.

My proposal is that since I am the account officer and the money or the account is dormant and there is
no next of kin obviously the account owner the former president of South Korea has died long time ago,
that you should provide an account for the moneyto be transferred.

The money that is floating in the bank right now is $48m and this is what I want to transfer to your
account for our mutual benefit.Please if this is okay by you I will advice that you contact me through my
direct email address.

Please this transaction should be kept confidential. For your assistance as the account owner we shall
share the money on equal basis.

Your reply will be appreciated,

Thank you.
John Young


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