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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. Wei Jianguo" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:50:49 +0600
Subject: Indulgence And Assistance

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. Wei Jianguo.I am the auditor general and marketing manager
here in DBS Bank Hong Kong Branch. Do not be surprised on how I contacted
you as the world we live in today is a global computer village.

However, I have only written to seek your indulgence and assistance. I
wish to make a transfer involving a sum amount of base 9,000,000.00 {Nine
Million B.Pounds Sterling} of Late Ms. Carol White out of the Bank, she
died since 1999, till now the account remain dormant/unclaimed. She left
no body behind for this claim and I only made this investigation just to
be double sure of this fact and since I have been unsuccessful in locating
the relatives, I seek your concern for further information.

I am proposing to make this transfer to a designated Bank account of your
choice. Thus, for your indulgence and support, I propose an offer of 40%
of the total amount to be yours after the transfer has been successfully

Kindly reply me with this email address ( )
stating your
interest and I shall furnish you with the details and necessary procedure
with which to make the transfer progress.

This message is respectfully yours and more information will be given to
you in my next mail.

I am anxiously awaiting your response through my confidential email

Warm Regards,

Mr. Wei Jianguo

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