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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: "Mrs. Meifen Jun" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Meifen Jun" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:19:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I Await your urgent response

 Dear Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise, I am Mrs. Meifen Jun a transfer supervisor operations in Zhejiang Tailong Commercial Bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds Fifteen Million three hundred thousand United States Dollars($15.3million) of one of my bank clients "NAME WITHHELD" who died along with his entire family on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 in a plane crash. You can confirm the genuine of the deceased death by clicking on this website

Hence; I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40 if you agree to my business proposal. Further details of the transfer will be forward to you as soon as I receive your return mail.

Have a great day. Reply me through this email : or

Sincerely yours,

Mrs. Meifen Jun

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