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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: "Sang Chin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:03:19 +0200
Subject: My Good Friend / Mein guter Freund

Good Day.
I am contacting you regarding large deposit of money in my bank in China which I can transfer to you as the beneficiary. The project is without risk having been carefully planned.
For more explanation, contact me on the email:
S. Chin


Guten Tag.
Ich kontaktiere Sie bezüglich grosse Lager von Geld in der Bank in China, die ich Ihnen als Begünstigten zu übertragen. Das Projekt ist ohne Risiko worden sorgfältig geplant.
Für weitere Erklärung, mit mir auf der E-Mail:
S. Chin

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