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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: "Richard Tang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:18:32 +0100
Subject: MESSAGE: (Richard Tang)

Good Day.

I am sorry for contacting you through this medium without a
previous notice; I had to use email because it is an official
and more confidential way of making contact with people around the world.

My name is Richard Tang, I work with the hang seng Bank Hong Kong,
I have a business proposition for you involving the sum of
$24.500.000.00 Million Dollars in my bank which I know we will
be of mutual benefit to both of us, If interested mail me at:

Mr Richard Tang.

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