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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. Chen Guangyuan." <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:49:07 -0300
Subject: Assistance Needed Urgent

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. Chen Guangyuan, I am a staff of Bank of China, Our late
client named Ghazi Musa Hassan made a fixed deposit amount of
$17,300,000, he did not declare any next of kin in any of his paper
work, I want you as a foreigner to stand as the beneficiary to
transfer this funds out of my bank into your account, after the
successful transfer, we shall share in the ratio of 30% for you and
70% for me.

I want to assure you that all is well planned as we shall do this
inline with all legal and banking requirements. All I need from you is
your willingness, trust and confidentiality so that we can work
together to achieve success. Should you be interested please send me
the required information below.

1, Full names,
2, private phone number,
3, current resident

And I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below:

Kind Regards,
Mr. Chen Guangyuan.

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