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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. Lee Kim Chung" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:19:56 +0100
Subject: Hello!!

>From The Desk of Mr. Lee Kim-Chung
Executive Director of The Hang Seng Bank Ltd,
Sai Wan Ho Branch Shaukiwan Road,
Hong Kong.

Dear Sir,

Compliment of the day to you, although you may be surprise receiving this email as we have not met before, I am Mr. Lee Kim-Chung I work with Hang Seng Bank Ltd in Hong Kong. I have a business proposition involving the sum of $24,500,000.00 in my bank invested by a European which will be of mutual benefit.
Should you be interested, please forward the following to me:

1.Full names,
3.Private phone & fax number,
4.Current address.

Tel: +852-8170-2804 Fax: +852-3006-4340
Your earliest response to this mail will be highly appreciated.

Kind Regards

Lee Kim-Chung.

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