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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: "LING BOYOUNG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:53:47 +0100



I need your services in a confidential matter regarding money out of a
beneficiary deposit for investment in your country as such I decided to
establish contact with you for assistance. This requires a private
arrangement, as you will receive these funds under legal claims; all legal
documents will be carefully worked out to ensure a risky free claim.

I am willing to share the funds 50/50 as soon as this transaction is
completed. I have all the details, which I would provide with your
corresponding email. The funds in question amounts to about $30 million
United States dollars. I will expect a straight answer from you. Yes or
No. If yes, Kindly furnish me with your full names and telephone/fax

Please Send me an e-mail as soon as you receive this letter for further
discussion and more clarification. My personal email is :

Ling Boyoung.

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