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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: "CH LE" <>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2011 13:04:54 -0300 (BRT)

Dear business partner,

I am Mr. Chinh, ex-worker at SACOMBANK (VIETNAM), a business partner and
myself have a huge amount of money available for investment purposes and
your experience and business friendship is required to make it a success.

It is very important for you to contact me through Email:

with the following information:

Your full Name:
Business experience (Profession):
E-mail address:

With this information I can provide you with more details and documents
concerning myself, this transaction and how we will carry out the
procedure immediately. Investing in your country with you representing us
will be appreciated if your business ideas are good, please state your
business ideas in your reply, if you don't have any, you will be advised
on how to go about it during the procedure. It is important that you keep
the contents of the mail to yourself due the huge amount involved and the
fact that this transaction does not need unnecessary attention.

Thank you very much.
Mr. Chinh

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