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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Ming Hung Chen" <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 18:55:09 -0400
Subject: Re:Proposal!!

My name is Mr. Ming Hung Chen,I presently work as a Senior Accounts Director, Offshore
Mortgage & Services with Bank of China, Hong Kong.
I Work as part of a bigger team that covers the entire Hong Kong region. I have taken
pains to find your contact through personal

I have a business and investment proposal for you worth $22,000,00.00, if you are
interested please contact me with the following information.
I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect all from any bridge of law. To affirm
your willingness and cooperation to my proposal, please contact me through my private stating the followings:

(1) Full Name:
(2) Contact Address:
(3) Occupation:
(4) Telephone:

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.
Best Regards,
Mr. Ming Hung Chen
Snr.Accounts Director

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