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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: "Mr.Wang Qin" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 04:11:14 -0600
Subject: please read carfully and respond!!

Dearest One,

Compliments of the season to you, allow me to introduce myself, I am the
Assistant to Mr. Wang Qin, Staff of Standard Chartered Bank. I am writting
of a Chinese customer of my bank Mr. Zhu Li,dual citizen of China , who died

in a plane
crash on Monday, September 2, 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while he was flying from New


I got your email account while searching for a business oriented personality

in my
private study on the internet.

Please see for more information.

The late Mr. Zhu Li left in our deposit the sum of seventy five million,
seven hundred
and fifty thousands dollars ($75,750,000.00 million USD) and nobody will
come for
this money because there is no next of kin in his documents.

I am the only person that is aware of this money since Mr. Zhu Li did not
give to my
institution any next of kin to inherit his money. Now, I want to use my
position in the
bank to transfer this money to your country for investment.

if you would reply to this mail of your acceptance of this proposal of
seventy five
million, seven hundred and fifty thousand. I will give you 35% of this
while the remaining 65% shall be for me, I am hoping to get a favorable
response from

Please send an email to my Private email below, so that i will provide you
more details
about this transaction, and how we can successfully carry out this
transaction without
any risk involved. email:

Mr. Wang Qin.

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