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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. Wenyao Zhou" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:32:18 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Ich_sch=C3=A4tze_Ihre_Hilfe!!?=

Ich bin Mr.Wenyao Zhou Independent Director der Bank of China, habe ich
einen Geschäftsvorgang von $ 23,5 Mio. und ich gebe Ihnen 30% Entschädigung
für Ihre Unterstützung in dieser Transaktion sollten Sie daran interessiert sein,
bitte senden Sie mir Ihre vollen Informationen, wie unten angegeben,um

1.Full Name:
2.Private Telefonnummer:
3.Current Wohnadresse:

Wenyao Zhou

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