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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: "SHENG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:37:08 -0800

I am a Principal Asset Manager in one of the leading International Banks. I respectfully seek your consent in a profitable proposal that i will explain to you.
Approximately, Nine (9) years ago, precisely on Nov 6th, 2008, an Expatriate oil consultant/contractor with a Chinese Mineral Corporation, deposited the sum of Twenty Million United States Dollars ($20,000,000 USD) in my branch valid for Twelve calender months. We did not hear from him afterwards.
However on further inquiries, we found out he was involved in an accident which claimed his life thereby dying intestate. All paper works in my bank revealed that he did not declare any next of kin or relations and no one has since his demise come forward to claim the funds he had lodged in my bank. It has been nine years now and still, no claimed has been laid on the funds. I can be able to make you the beneficiary of this funds.
For all your troubles I propose that we split the money in half. Once I get your consent and  positive response, I will give you further information on this huge deal, What I require is that you DO NOT betray my confidence.
We should act swiftly on this if we are going to achieve it.
I wait your urgent response

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