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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: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 20:56:48 -0700
Subject: Business investor can you trust?

Business Investment can you trust?


In my search for a business partner who got his contact in the google search. My client is willing to invest $ 10 million to $ 50 million, but my client said he needs a trusted partner that can have a meeting at the point of release its funds.

I told my client that has a good profile of your company with which I was given details about you in my search Google search. Can we trust you.

We can make a plan for a long-term commercial relationship.

Please, if you are not interested delete this email and do not hunt me because I said my career and my family's life am at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured nothing gained.

Please answer.
Mr. Chin Sang

For and on behalf of the investor,
1441 Yan a road Shanghai 200040 China

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