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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: "chuikoon kwong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:31:06 -0500

Can you represent for 13,500,000 MILLION USD?

With due respect to your person and much sincerity of purpose I make this contact with you as I believe that you can be of great assistance to me. My name is Chui a Chinese and bread in England I am Director in one of the bank of China and also Financial Adviser to member of the government.
The attached money picture on this mail was to be delivered to one Mr. Teranishi in Japan, but after our arrangement to send his money to him through a diplomatic courier service as he requested, we now find out that he and his family were among the victims of Japan earthquake and no one else to receive this Funds.
There is no one coming to ask you about the funds because the beneficiaries were dead and I am the only leader who knows about this money, if you are ready to pay the delivery charges and stand as the Business partner to Mr Teranishi while the Bank will release/send the Funds to your care through a diplomatic courier service.
This is because of my Personality and if you can be of any assistance to me I will be pleased to reimburse you handsomely with 30% of the Funds I will then retire and come over to meet you in your country immediately the fund is delivered to you, please don’t be afraid I’m promising you that with my banking experience this transaction will be done smoothly with out any problem. All I need is your wiliness, trust and cooperation.


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