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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. Jeong Dong" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 02:23:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: I need a partner who will invest with me.

Good day,

I need a partner who will invest with me. I am Mr. Jeong Dong citizen of South Korea. But I'm right now in United Kingdom due to the present economic crises affecting foreign investors in Uk. I decided to relocate to your country. I got your contacts through my personal research and out of desperation. I deal on crude oil I decided to reach you through this medium.

I have 20 million British Pounds for investment purpose. I want you to receive this fund on my behalf and invest on a profitable business venture on an agreed terms. If you are interested I will offer you 40% of 20 million British Pounds which is 8 million pounds, please get back to me with the following details.

1. A Beneficiary name and mailing address, in order for me to prepare the document for transfer of the funds in your name.

2. Direct Telephone.

3. Age and occupation.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details.


Call me on +44 704 571 1066

Best Regards,

Mr. Jeong Dong

London United Kingdom

Tel: +44 702 404 1615

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