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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: "Compliments" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 01:41:05 +0300
Subject: Dear winner,

Dear winner,

I am delighted to notify you that your e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted by my law firm,
Philip Chow Fatt & Associate Law Firm in Malaysia.

We are the personal attorney to my late client,Late OSMAN MOHAMMED MUBARAK a well known
Philanthropist, before he died, he made a WILL in my law firm stating that Three million, Two Hundred
Thousand US Dollars only) should be donated to any Philanthropist of our choice outside Malaysia

I urge you to contact me immediately for further details bearing in mind that the Bank has given us a date

Please contact me urgently via my E-mail: or with
the follows information’s:

1. Your Full Names and Address.
2. Secure phone and Private email address for this transaction exclusively.
3. Your Age, Sex, Occupation and Marital Status.



Advocate Philip Chow Fatt
Attorney-at-Law Firm

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