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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: "Dr.K Luwis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 02:43:21 +0800
Subject: I Await Your Prompt Response Immediately..

Dear Friend,
My name is Dr.K Luwis, I am a Singaporean citizen and a seasoned Banker in Malaysia (Bernhard office), I occupy the position of an
accountant in this branch office, it is with good spirit of heart I opened up this great opportunity to you; there is a client of mine
who died as a result of heart failure; because of the entire family lost their lives in the tsunami disaster on the 26th Dec, 2004,
and his account of US$9.5 million with us has been unclaimed due to unavailability of a next of kin/relatives to claim his estate.
Since none of the family relative is alive to claim this fund after bank having waited until now for any relative next of kin to
surface in our custody; I decided to contact you fast; so that I can present you as the relative next of kin to my late client, so
that bank will wire this fund direct to your bank account. You donít need to worry yourself in this transaction, it is not going to
implicate you to any trouble in your country, and hence I will provide the legal papers in your name and favour.
for more information.
In view of this, I am seeking your cooperation and understanding to stand as the deceased next of kin to enable us claim the
inheritance before the period given by the bank elapse. If you are interested and in agreement with me, get back to me quickly and I
will send to you all our bank contacts and the information you may need to proceed without coming to Malaysia, and be rest assured
that it is risks free project and the proceedings will be shared 50% for you 50% for me, So any expenses we made incurred during
this process and will be balanced once the fund are transferred into your account in your country Dear Friend,
Please reply immediately with your information including your full name, full address and telephone number for easy communication with
I await your prompt response immediately
Best Regards

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