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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: chung pung <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 12:55:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: should we transfer your fund to Ms Orrin L potash?

Good day to you
Before i commence i would like to introduce my humble self to you am Mr chung pung by name, agent of an International Remittance/Foreign Operations in United Kingdom, the one in charge of your fund.
We are to notify you that your over due wining lottery fund has been gazetted to be released, which is the sum of ( $5 million Us Dollars) to your nominated bank, we are sorry for the late communication.Meanwhile a lady came to our office few days ago with a letter, claiming to be your true representative, here are her information below of which she asked us to make the transfer of your behalf immediately:
Name: Orrin L. Potash
Address Line 1: 70 Charles River Rd.
Address Line 2: Apt. ACity: Walt ham
State: MA
Zip code: 02453
Bank Name: Bank of America
Account Number: 9454430049
Routing Number: 011000138
Driver's Licence No: s5922498
DOB: 06-03-45
Please. Do confirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this lady is from you so that the management of this office will not be held responsible for paying your funds into a wrong bank account, with the office director, to handle and transfer all foreign inheritance funds this second quarter payment of the year.However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to Orrin L. Potash , if we do not hear from you within the next seven working days from today on.
Get back to us as soon as you get these message.Note you are required to get back to me through my private e-mail address
Send my warm regards to your friends and family and i pray that God will give you the wisdom to make use of the funds wisely and judiciously.
Best Regard,
Mr chung pung
International Remittance/Foreign Operation

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