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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: ""TRUST ONE""/;< "
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:36:20 +1100
Subject: Hello Friend !! !!

Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Ma Guang Lu the Head of Accounting Audit Department of BANK OF CH=
INA in Hong Kong.
In my department, I discovered a sum of $17.5 Million In an account that b=
elongs to one of our foreign deceased customers, a billionaire Business Mog=
ul Late Mr. Moises Saba Masri, a Jew from Mexico who was a victim of a heli=
copter crash since 2006 resulting to his death and his family members. You =
can see more information about Saba Masri Mr.Moises unfortunate end acciden=
t on the website-link below. =,7340,L-3832556,00.html
And nobody has come forth to our bank for the funds claims since 2006. My =
Good friend I want to let you know that I have the entire legal document fo=
r us to win this transaction if you provide me the following information be=
low to =

1. Full Name:
2. Your: Telephone Number:
3. Your Contact Address:
4. Age:
5. Core Job/ Occupation
Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest t=
o my Email:

I will furnish you with more information on this business transaction, onc=
e I get fill back from you.
Mr. Lu

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