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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:02:26 +0200
Subject: FROM WILSON!!!

I am Mr.Wilson S.Y Mak Branch Manager/Director for Credit & Marketing {ICICI BANK OF HONG KONG }. I am in charge of all our Investor's Direct Capital Funds, with more than 208 Corporate Investors attached to my portfolio. I made an excess of 1.2% from all the Investor's Investment Capital Funds which have exceeded our targeted 20% of the Total Investment Capital Funds and so far i have made $25.4.Million over time from Investor's EMRCP.I seek for assistance to stand as an Investor to receive these funds as Tenure Investment Proceeds. If you are interested kindly reply back via my email address( is my confidential email address.Note Please reply to this email{} for more details about the transaction

Kind Regards
For Wilson Sen Yin Mak

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