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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: "Mrs.Tsang Siu" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:03:33 +0000
Subject: Re:

Good Day,

With great pleasure, I write you this letter, which I hope it will meet
you in good condition of health, I am Mrs.Tsang Siu, a staff of Lloyd's TSB
Group Plc. here in Hong Kong; I request for urgent business relationship, May
I use this medium to seek for your co-operation and assistance in a business,
that requires high maximum confidentiality. If you are interested please
reach me on my private email address below: (
for more details of my Business Proposal.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Tsang Siu.

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