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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: "Mr. Richard Lee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:37:47 +0100
Subject: Fund Administrative Manager Needed


We solicit for a private potential investor and industrialize customer to Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, who wants to invest his financial estate $65 Million in long-term business venture.

You will be required to;

[1]. Receive the funds.
[2]. Invest and Manage the funds profitably.

A manager that can identify, share profitable ideas, constructive feedback and gain access to a broader set of actionable ideas is highly recommendable. Management sharing ratio will be determined at later date and after your acceptance.

I should be most grateful if you would send me your response through my email herein:

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Richard Lee
Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia

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