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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: "Hyundai Motor Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:15:48 +0100
Subject: <<<Your Active E-mail made you a Beneficiary>>>

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
early this month 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.

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 that would benefit from
this donation. Based on the random selection exercise from internet
service providers(ISP) and millions of Super market cash invoices
worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive
the award sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars)
as charity donations/aid from Hyundai Group.

You are required to expeditiously Contact the head of committee (HOC)
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 pin number QN(HM-145-5611) in
all discussions.
Head of committee: Mr. Imran Khand
On behalf of the seven-member committee kindly accept our warmest

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Ernest W. Garnett
(Committee Secretary)

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