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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: "Hong Kong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:05:40 -0700
Subject: RE

I am Vice Chairman, Board of Directors Dr Raymond Chien;
I work with the Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong. Do not be
surprised! I got your email contact via the World Email On-
line Directory"

A deceased client of mine, that shares the same last name
as yours, Died without a NEXT OF KIN.$16,M in my Branch.

Contact Person E-Mail:
Send with your Private email ok.code: [CODE NO: AM-002].
Dr Raymond Chien Kuo Fung

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