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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: "Ms. Tina Liang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:51:24 +0100
Subject: From Ms. Tina Liang - 24/04/2017-

From Ms. Tina Liang - 24/04/2017
Ref: CTF/11/QTM/2017

Dear Sir/Ma

I am Ms. T. Liang, I work with China merchants Bank as the audit manager,I wish to place your name as the beneficiary to thirteen million five hundred thousand dollars due to the death of the depositor who died many years ago along with her family.

Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused but I chose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication.
However, I assure you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and here in China once the fund is transferred to your bank account.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.I will need you to provide the following information urgently to enable the attorney start the processing of the all the relevant legal documents for the fund remittance.



Our sharing partner once successful is 40 percent for your assistance while I retain 60 percent

Waiting for your reply soon.

Yours Faithfully,
Ms. Tina Liang

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