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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:04:41 +0100

62592 Putrajaya, Malaysia.

My dear,

I know you will be surprised and skeptical to receive strange e mail message from a strange personality. My name is Mr Carl Parblo, director of in charge Diplomatic sub-contract approval and payment at Malaysian Ministry of finance.

I got your e mail address in the course of my diligent search of internet links containing reputable foreign e mail addresses, with the help of computerized software.

I have an offer that might interest you which can uplift your financial status perpetually. This offer arises from the Federal Government of Malaysia reserve vault under my care, from which we pay both Indigenous and foreign executed contract and Sub contract Payments.

It is a total sum of US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve, million United States dollars only), which will be shared between you and I, in 50% ---- 50% disbursement ratio.
I am offering you this deal because I guess and trust you must be a serious and faithful partner.

The only thing needed for this US$ 12 million to be swiftly wired into your account Via payment by Telegraphic transfer under 72 Banking hours is how swift and committed you will be in standing as the legitimate sub contractor to this amount of $12 million sub contract fund, and a bank account that will be used in accommodating this fund, which we shall legally accredited / normalize at the Federal High Court of Justice here in Malaysia as a diplomatic account, for accommodation of your Legitimately acquired DIPLOMATIC SUB-CONTRACT payment, in accordance with the rules and regulation of the Malaysian Government's Financial act, as amended by fund-in-transit act of 1998.

Already all modalities are in place to register this transaction as a diplomatic Sub contract compensation, and be adequately informed that this is not a contract payment, But a diplomatic Sub contract payment. Therefore there will be no much bureaucracy, other than the little bureaucracy to be carried out at the federal high Court of Malaysia, where your nominated banking details shall be normalized and attested as a diplomatic account, which shields it from unnecessary stop orders from several international fund transfer regulatory and monitoring agencies, that usually place holds on huge fund transfer in order to request a certain percentage of the fund as fund transfer certification clearance.

If you find it interesting, Kindly reach me immediately, furnishing me with your updated personal information. Be assured that this transaction will take us just few days to be consummated, provided you are committed to work with me.

Best regards

Carl Parblo
Foreign Contract Payment Bureau. {Director}
Malaysian Ministry of Finance.

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