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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: "Michael Chen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 01:25:50 +0800
Subject: From Michael Chen / A22

Asia Foreign Contractors Settlement Centre
Peoples Republic of China.

Attention: Sir,

I feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition having gone
through your remarkable profile on the internet and as one of the leading profit
oriented companies which I intend investing part of my money into any profitable
business you will introduce.
Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you
through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium
of communication.However,this Correspondence is unofficial and private, and it
should be treated as such. Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that
this letter is not a hoax or Scam mail and I urge you to treat it with the
seriousness it deserves. I also guarantee you that this business is hitch free
from all what you may think of.

I am Michael Chen , 32yrs, male, single and the Audit Manager Asia Foreign
Contractor’s Settlement Centre China Branch. My office monitors and controls all
foreign contract settlement here in Hubei Province of China. I am the final
signatory to every payment files for the remittance of huge funds moving within
both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim
settlement. I have before me list of payment files, which have been identified
either as an over-invoiced sum or ghost file. On this note, I wish to have a
deal with you as regards to this unpaid funds as I have the file before me and
all datas are correct and it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these
surplus funds to the Chinese Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as
unclaimed entitlements, I have the opportunity to write you based on the
instructions received two days ago from the inland revenue board to submit the
List of payment reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues before the
end of next week.

My Conditions:

1) After the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the
bonfide beneficiary, I will personally endorse your file here in my desk and the
sum of $10.5million will be insured and deposited with a bank here in China who
will then contact you and forward to you an online account details created in
your favor and once you receive the online account details from the bank here in
China, you will immediately log-in into the online account with the details
forwarded to you and personally make a direct transfer from the account to any
account there in your country and once you confirm the transfer, I will then fly
down to your country for my share and your advise on how I can invest into your
line of business.

2) This business must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be
strictly by email and telephone for security purposes no fax messaging please.

3) There should be no third parties as most problem associated with foreign fund
release are caused by agents or representatives.

If you AGREE with my conditions, I want you to send to me now your


where I can call you and discuss in details and the business will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix
your name on the Payment list instantly before the end of next week.

I hope you do not reject this offer and have your funds transferred.

Waiting for your reply soon.


Michael Chen
Audit Manager

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