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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. RWH Lee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:51:38 +0100
Subject: I need your assistance

Good Day,

I am Mr. Raymond Wing Hung LEE the Executive Director and chief Financial officer of Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. I need your assistance in transferring funds worth $47.1million dollars.

Kindly write back to (, I shall let you know what is required of you.

Best Regards,
Mr. RWH Lee
Fubon Bank (Hong Kong)

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