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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: Wen Lee <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 21:42:10 +0800
Subject: Requesting For Your Partnership

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Wen Lee, an Account Officer with the International bank of Taipei, I
have a very sensitive and confidential brief for you from
international bank of
Taipei, Taiwan. I am requesting for your partnership in re-profiling funds I
will give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Bank Of Taipei

This is a legitimate transaction,You will be paid 30% for your
Management Fees".
If you are interested,please write back and provide me with your confidential
telephone and fax numbers, and I will provide further details and
Please keep this confidential, as we can't afford more political
problems.Finally,please note that this must be concluded within two
write back promptly via this confidential email address {}
for further information

I look forward to it.
Mr Wen Lee

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