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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: "Anthony Watson," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:23:45 +0530
Subject: Lets Work With Trusth

Mr. Anthony Watson,
General Manager/Branch Manager,
China Citic Bank,
Address: 748 Dong Feng, Dong Lu 510080 Guangzhou China.

Hello Sir/Madam,

My name is Mr. Anthony Watson, I got your contact details in my search
for a reputable person that will be able to accept my proposal.

The content of my email is a bit detailed that is the reason I first
seek your permission to let you know as I let you know more about my
proposal below, so you will not trash it when I send this email to

Please do I have your permission to tell you about my proposal? I am
very sure you will benefit immensely from this because you will get
30% of the total sum only if you will agree to work this out with me
and you will be able to follow my directives.

MY PROPOSAL: One of our old clients who died in a plane crash in 2006
with his family on board, deposited the sum of Ten Million United
States dollars here in our bank but for over nine years now, nobody
came for the fund meaning nobody in his family knows about this fund.
If after this year, nobody claims the fund, the fund will be returned
back to treasury as an unclaimed deposit and the fund automatically
becomes bank's fund, so I want you to come in now as the next of kin
and I have all the necessary documents to cover you as the next of
kin, all I need from you is to work this out with me and within seven
working days, this fund will be in your account.

Send to me the bellow details if accepted to work with me.

(1)Your full name for document:

(2)Your direct residential Address:

(3)Your direct telephone number for faster communication:



Waiting for your response to my email.

Best Regards,

Mr. Anthony Watson
General Manager/Branch Manager,
China Citic Bank.

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