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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: "Mr. Li Hua" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 05:45:55 -0700
Subject: Please Be Honest

I actually saw your profile and was impressed. I am Mr. Li Hua Lin, Director of Operations and Head Wealth Management Division of Taiwan Business Bank (TBB) Taipei, Taiwan. I would like to establish some sort of business relationship of $11 Million U.S Dollars with you from my bank which is definitely going to be of mutual benefit for both of us. Kindly reach me as soon as possible via my email address:


Once I hear from you, I immediately will provide you with further information on logistics.

Li Hua Lin.

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