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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2098 21:50:31 -0600
Subject: Re:

I am Mr.Fang Zhu a banker in Singapore.I have a proposal to discuss about a certain Dormant Investment Account of a
deceased customer.My proposition to you is to seek your consent,and to present your kind self as the next-of-kin and
beneficiary of my deceased client.

I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect all from any bridge of
law.To affirm your willingness and cooperation to my proposal please contact me ONLY THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL
ADDRESSES as indicated below stating your info to enable me commence this transaction which of mutal benefit to all
parties concerned.

(1) Full Name
(2) Telephone
(3) Fax Number
(4) Postal Address
(5) Occupation
(6) Age

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Mr. Fang Zhu


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