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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: (
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 14:50:07 +0000

Dear Recipient,
How are you today and business in your country? I am Shing Li, Bank
Manager of bank of Overseas,Taiwan. I would respectfully request that
you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the
integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail.
A British Oil contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation,
Mr.Courtney Steven made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit of
$30,000,000.00 for twelve calendar months and not too long Mr.Courtney
Steven died from an airplane crash.
We have launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin
to alert about the situation and also to claim his estate but in his
bio-data form, he listed no next of kin.
Please reply to my private for more datials
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Shing Li.

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