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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: "Tai Lin" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:38:56 +0100
Subject: let me know...

*Dear friend,

Please do not treat this mail as junk nor spam because I personally
sent it to you after searching through your country's chamber of commerce to
get your profile.
I am Mr Tai lin , Branch Manager. I have urgent and very confidential
business proposition for you. On November 6,2001, a British Oil
consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Made a
numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I
sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers, the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation that he died from
an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died
without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that he did not
declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his
Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still
sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal
sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to Laws of Republic of China, at the expiration of 6 (six) years,
the money will revert to the ownership of the Chinese Government if nobody
applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in as the next of kin to the man so that the fruits of this old man's
labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This
is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin.We shall employ the
services of an attorney for drafting and authorization of the WILL and to
obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your
favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that you
will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to
share in the ratio of 80% for me and 20% for you.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will
be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your response, I
shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will
help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential
telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require
your assistance to invest my share in your country.
ATTN:please Reply me via my office box:
*, for personal/security reasons.
Thanks and regards.
Mr. Tai lin*

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