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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 jerry ntai" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:38:44 +0530

Good Day

I am the Head of Operations in Mevas Bank, Hong Kong. I have a business proposal in the
tune of US$28.500.000 to be transferred to an offshore account with your assistance if

I do solicit for your assistance in effecting this transaction,I intend to give 30% of
the total funds as compensation for your assistance,if interested I will send you the
full transaction details on receipt of your response.

You can contact me on my private email: ( and send me the
following information
for documentation purpose:

(1)Full name:
(2)private phone number:
(3)current residential address:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Mr. J.N.

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