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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: "Chen Y. Yang" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:18:39 -0800
Subject: Re: Feb 19, 2014:


I am indeed sorry for contacting you through this means. However, please I just want to know if your email address is still valid before I go on with a confidential matter I will like you to know and take part in as the Beneficiary, after going through your profile, I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important transaction. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, but I choose to reach you through it because is still remains the fastest medium of communication. Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics.

I am Chen Y. Yang from USA a broker and Oil Dealer in Asia/ US. Before the death of my Late partner we have Private account in Abroad with deposit of $20.500,000.00 USD (Twenty Million and Five hundred thousand US Dollars) mapped for investment in Asia without any beneficiary details or identification of the principle, after all the process I secure this fund to make sure I complete my investment plan.

But right now my healthy condition / Age and security in my country I cant transfer this fund to my personal account rather I want you to assist me to receive this fund" because the bank have informed me to provide beneficiary immediately. If you can assist me in this transaction" by receiving this funds as beneficiary I will compensate you with 40% of the total amount and you will also get benefit from the investment.

More details will be send to you when I receive your interest response.

Thanks and best regards,

Chen Y. Yang
TEL: +1 347- 770-0112

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