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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: "Accounting Department" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 03:20:44 +0200
Subject: Transfer Payment TT copy

Hello Dear,

Please we are very sorry for the delays in making the payment, today we have remitted payment against your PI,find attached the telex copy of the payment made to your bank account kindly confirm the BANK SLIP attached.

Pls send to me final copy B/L and Form E copy
Best Regards,
Mrs Siwei
Managing Director
Address:Rm G,Floor 11,QianJiang Building No.971 DongFang Road,
PuDong District,ShangHai 200122 P.R,China.
Tel: 86-21-58313233

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