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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.ISAAC MANN" <>
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 04:10:59 +0800


I am Mr.ISAAC MANN. I represent Mr Zhang Chunjiang, Vice Chairman and an executive director of China Mobile Limited, in Hong Kong. I have a very sensitive and confidential brief from this top (executive) to ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds over fifty five point five Million United States dollars. I will give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Bank of East Asia Malaysia.

This is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 15% for your "management fees". If you are interested,please write me back via my private email:

Also,furnish me with your confidential telephone number,fax number and private email address and and I will provide further details and instructions. Please keep this confidential; we can't afford more problems/scandals.
Finally, please note that this must be concluded within two weeks. Please write back promptly. I will also suggest you visit this news site on the internet to be better informed about this project.

I await your prompt response


Mann & Associates
Solicitors & Advocates

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