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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 WU" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:57:23 -0400

Dear Friend,

How are you today and business in your country? I am Liao Wu, Bank
Manager of bank of Overseas,Taiwan. I would respectfully request
that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect
the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this
I contacted you independently of our investigation and no one is
informed of this communication. A British Oil contractor with the
Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. McManaman Perry made a
numbered time (Fixed) Deposit of $30,000,000.00 for twelve calendar
months and not too long Mr.McManaman Perry died from an airplane crash.
We have launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to
alert about the situation and also to claim his estate but in his bio-data
form, he listed no next of kin.

The world of banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those
who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. I alone have
the deposit details to back you as the next of Kin to enable us
the fund away from my bank. My bank is simply awaiting instructions to
release the deposit to any party that i present as the next of Kin.
Please reply to my private Email:

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Wu.

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