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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: Ted Chan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 09:51:14 -0400
Subject: (nessun oggetto)

Dear Partner,

This is my third time of sending you an e-mail without any reply, I
told you about a deal on an investment account total 10.5million USD of
late Mr. Alfred who shares the same last name with you.

My proposal to you is that since I have exclusive access to his file,
you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. On verification, which
will be the details I make available to Bank holding funds, my company
through our lawyer will instruct the bank to make payments to you. You
do not have to have known him. I know this sounds a bit heavy and
complex but believe and trust me as it is achievable. For your
assistance, I propose we split the funds in half and share it equally.
This practice is not unusual in the banking sector here in the CHINA.
The other option is that the funds will revert back to the state, where
it may be shared by State officials.

Nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never
come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned
from my private investment clients, We should act swiftly on this if you
are in agreement and please get back to me immediately, I am contacting
you independently and no one is informed of this communication. Please
do keep this confidential, I await your prompt response via email:

Best Regards,

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