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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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Fraud email example:

From: JUI QUI <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 20:18:23 +0200 (CEST)

Hyundai Motors Group
St. Johns Court, Easton
Street, High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire, HP11 1JX,
United Kingdom.

Dear Sir/Madam,

This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the seven-member committee to fulfill Chairman Chung Mong-koo's promise to donate One trillion won (US$1.1 billion) to charity, contingent to a suspension of his three-year prison sentence for embezzlement and breach of trust.The ruling meant that the 69-year-old chairman will not be thrown back into jail as long as he remains clean during the next five years. In suspending the prison sentence, the Seoul High Court ordered Chung to fulfill the pledge of donations.Chung, want this money used for the protection of the environment and to build art and cultural facilities.So your email address has won for you GBP1,000,000.00 POUNDS.You dont need to buy a ticket or register for this promotion before you can win,The draw for the winners was made early this year 2010 and your email address emerged the winner.

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As one of the final recipients of this Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal,education and business development. The Hyundai Company is the world's largest shipbuilder and 6th largest automaker and owns Hyundai Group,the parent company for all Hyundai Motor. The company has decided to randomly select email addresses of people, companies and cooperate bodies worldwide that would  benefit from this donation.Based on the random selection exercise of  internet service providers(ISP) and millions of  Super market cash invoices worldwide, you email address were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of GBP1,000,000.00(One Million Great British Pounds) as charity donations/aid from Hyundai Group.

You are required to expeditiously Contact the head of committee prize co-ordinator (HOC) also know as your CLAIM AGENT in UK below for qualification documentation and processing of your claims,from Monday through Sunday. On contact with head of committee (HOC),You'll be given your payment pin number which you will use in collecting the funds.Please endeavor to quote your QN(HM-145-5611) in all discussions and do provide the following details below:

1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. Marital Status:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Nationality:   Country Of Residence:
9. Telephone Number!:
10 Cell Number:
11. Fax Number:
12. Other emailaddress:

CLAIM AGENT:MR.Norman Webber
PHONE +44-7872-243458

On behalf of the seven-member committee kindly accept our warmest


Yours Sincerely,
Mr Ji-Qui
(Comittee President)


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