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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: "Mr Ming Yang" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:19:26 +0200
Subject: Good Day From Hong Kong

I am Mr. Ming Yang a South Korean, happily married with children, and
i am a Director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, in charge of the International
Remittance department. I have a confidential business of 24.5 million dollars for you.
in other to achieve this, I shall require your full datas.Most importantly, a confirmation of acceptance from you after which I shall furnish you with the full details of this transaction
Reply via this email only

Best Regard,
Mr. Ming Yang

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