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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: Ling Ting <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:17:18 -0300
Subject: Hello

Dear Friend,
I am an investors , who is interested in overseas investment in your
country, involving large volume of funds, for which I seek your
as overseas representative.

The civil service regulations here, prohibit me from getting involved in
private business, while under government employment, hence this proposal
you, in view of your impressive profile.

I work with the Malaysian Government as an Engineer and do want to
to you some money that I will like you invest for me..

If you feel disposed towards the solicited role, please indicate by
response, so that I may provide you further details of the transaction,
also let you know what will be coming to you as remuneration for your
solicited role.

After that we shall then come to an understanding concerning the
prospective areas of investment in your domain, that will be conducive
investors of foreign descent. I look forward to your prompt response.
Yours Truly,

Ling Ting
Please do get back to me at this Email (

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