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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: "chin sang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:09:51 +0200
Subject: Attention is drawn to highly neede

Attention is drawn to highly neede

Dear friend,

It is understandable that you might be a bit worried because you do not know, I know,
but I have a
lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I've Got Your Note
in my search
for someone who fits my proposed business relationship. I am a banker by profession and
am currently the
Post of Director of Accounting unit of my bank. I have an obscured business suggestion
They. I will need you to assist me in executing a business project. It
is about
The transfer of a large sum of money. More from this transaction legally without
Hitch done.
Please Endeavour to observe the utmost discretion to in all matters relating to this topic. Once
the Fund
have been successfully transferred into your account, so we will be in relation to the two of us
agree. I prefer you me on my private email address achieve: and
Finally, after that I can give you more information about this operation.
Please, if you, this e-mail are not interested delete and do not hunt me because
I mean
Career and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured the
nothing gained.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Best regards,
Chin Sang

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