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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: "Jin Ping Chi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:26:19 +0200
Subject: (Not Spam) YOUR COMPANY

I see that you have a professional profile and company, and I would like to present to your company a profitable
business proposal that you might be interested in. We are looking for fund managers that can handle the
$75 Million & $200 Million total $275 Million for investment in any sector, my client is looking for partner
(investment manager) My madam wish to invest this funds in a lucrative business. Please provide me with
your phone number, and I will give you a call whenever you want and explain to you in full details, send
me email on, then i will send you requirements for this funding. we have large funds
for good and profitable business, Investment, Mutual Funds.

Jin Ping Chi

Executive director,
Hong Kong Billionaires Club Investment Group

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