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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: "WANG TENG" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 05:26:04 +0100

This is Mr. Wang Teng from Hong Kong.
I am sending you this message concerning
a Business Proposal of $8,500,000.000
and I want you to partner with me in this project.
This business will benefit you a lot.
Please contact me back with the below address for details:


Thanks. I await your prompt response.

Mr. Wang Teng

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