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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Mr=2e_David_Yua=2e?= <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:54:32 +0000
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?TOP_URGENT=2e?=

Mr. David Yua,
Audit/Credit Control Manager,
China Citic Bank,
Address: 106, Hungfu Road,Nancheng District,Dong Guan-China.

Hello Sir/Madam,

Sequel to the meetings held today by the Board of Directors of my bank(China Citic
Bank), we write to notify you that the sum of $10,500,000.00 USd ( Ten Million Five
hundred Thousand United States dollars) only have been approved on your name. This
payment is based on the fact that my bank got a directive from the World Bank group
Office in Switzerland after verification have been made about your long over due
payment and how many banks have treated you in the past, so this payment is as

Beneficiary is required to reconfirm his/her full details and forward to this office

1. Your full names and your home address.
2, Your Phone numbers and Bank coordinates.
3, Your age and Occupation.
4, A scan copy of your international passport or any id.

As soon as my office received the above information, we will commence with the
transfer process.

Best Regards,

Mr. David Yua.
Audit/Credit Control Manager,
China Citic Bank,
106, Hungfu Road,Nancheng District,Dong Guan-China.

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