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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: "Engineer Lim Yung" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 04:45:36 -0400
Subject: From Lim Yung

Dear Friend,
I am Engineer Lim Yung 78 years old From South Korea but lives in United States, formal Finance Director of Petronas Oil and Gas Company , My company had business with KNPC where i made $2.600,000 usd ( Two Million Six Hundred United state dollars) out of my company knowledge which i legally place this fund in a financial fault in Asia, because of my illness and security in my country i cant direct this fund to my personal account rather i want you to assist me to receive this fund.
The Bank is ready to dispatch it pending on when i present beneficiary. If you can help me in this transaction, i will compensate you with 30% of the total amount and you will also get benefit from the investment" If there is any kind of agreement that you would like us to have , let me know so that i can start working on it because  i will like this transaction to be swift.
Thanks and best regards
Engineer Lim Yung
TEL: +15095887166

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