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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. Hsu Hua" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:38:05 +0100
Subject: Re: For Your Information

Dear Partner,
I Seek your partnership in executing a bank to bank transaction
relating to the movement of funds from my Bank in Taiwan to a
secure transit account in your name by documenting you as the
beneficiary, it is a sensitive transaction and as such, I cannot
disclose much until I hear from you positively. Let me know if
you will be willing to do this with me, Please send me your Name
and Tel. No., to reach me directly on:

Your timely response will be very much appreciated.

I look forward to a good business relationship with you.

Mr. Hsu

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