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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:08:21 +0200
Subject: A Business Partnership

Dear Sir/Madam

I am Mr Chris Edwin Chen, an Independent and Private Business Developer
and Investment Consultant. I work in collaboration with HEDGE FUNDS &
WEALTHY OVERSEAS INVESTORS willing to lease funds to business
facilitators, project handlers in any viable Business/Projects. We are
focusing on number of areas in which has developed significant competitive
advantage, including Aerospace, Financial Services, Healthcare,
Information & Communications Technology, Infrastructure, Investments,
Logistics & Transport, Metals & Mining, Oil & Gas, Real Estate,
Renewables, Semiconductors, Utilities, Acquisitions, Technology Energy,
Industry and service ventures.

I am contacting you because we are interested in investing in your Country
and we want to have you be the facilitator and recipient to this
investment opportunity. I will like to keep the details short for now,
however if you are interested and you have a business, project or a
profitable idea worth investing in, kindly reply to this email. Do not
forget to include in the reply email your direct contact phone number and
the best time to call you. I will call you to discuss the modality and
other details once I am in receipt of your reply.

I look forward to your response on EMAIL ONLY:
and I trust that working with you on this Investment scheme would be of
immense profit to both parties.

Yours Faithfully
Chris Edwin Chen
The Financial Liaison
6/F, Citibank Plaza Citibank Tower,
Garden Rd, Central, Hong Kong

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