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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. Liu Jiayi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:44:57 +0530
Subject: URGENT REPLY ...............!!!

Debt Reconciliation Department.

Chairman Committee On Foreign
Contract And Inheritance fund Payment Notification
>From United Nations And USA Government
Mr. Liu Jiayi


We are humbly using this medium to inform you that your Inheritance/Contract payment of US$5Million with accrued

interest now totaling US$8.5 Million Dollars has been approved to be released to you today through the First Texas

Bank, USA with release code 665875IHN, approve code APP52106773 and Payment file# FGM/PMT/1094326. You are strongly

advised to contact the Paymaster of First Texas Bank, USA , Mr Andy Johnson via his email: and send him your below details which will empower him to credit the funds to your

account today.

1. Your Name
2. Your contact Phone and Mobile Numbers
3. Your Bank Name
4. Your Bank Address.
5. Your Bank Swift OR Routing Number.
6. Your Account Number.
7. Your Account Beneficiary Name.
8. Your Beneficiary Address.

Urgently contact us on Email : and report after 24hours you did not receive the said fund from

Mr Andy Johnson for investigations.

Thanks and wait to hearing your reports.


Mr. Liu Jiayi
(Chairman Committee On Foreign Contract And Inheritance fund
Payment Notification from United Nations And USA Government.)


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