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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: "Hua Xia Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:12:52 -0700
Subject: Re: HXB USD16.5M Overdue Fund

I am Mrs. Betsy Blair, I work with Hua Xia Bank as UK representative staff here in China, I am the Remittance Officer, However, I got your email address in my search for an international partner with a business oriented personality in my private study in the internet to transact this business with. Note, I wish to place your name as the beneficiary to USD16,500,000.00 Million due to the death of the depositor who died many years ago along with her family.
The funds I am referring to is right here in this bank floating in suspense account, therefore I solicit for your cooperation to be in collaboration with me to have this done, it will be transferred into an account you will provide any where in the world once approved in your name.
Note, 50% of the USD16,500,000.00 will be for your cooperation and assistance while the other 50% is for me and on hearing from you i shall furnish you with more details on what next to do, but for the time beeing I will need you to provide me the following information urgently to enable the attorney which i will be hiring start the processing of the all the relevant legal documents for the fund remittance to you as the bonafide beneficiary.
1)Your Full Name:
2)Home Address:
6)Occupation Status:
Awaiting your quick response,
Mrs B. Blair.

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