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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: "Mr.Devi Chan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2019 03:17:07 +0700
Subject: Mr.Devi Chan.

Dear Friend,

How are you doing today hope my mail find you well.

I am Mr.Devi Chan a Account Officer.I have a business importance proposal i opened up this great opportunity to you. A deceased client of mine from your country who died as a result of heart-related condition on May 2006.His heart condition was duo to the death of the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26 December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia where they all lost their lives..{More info: 2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_ and_tsunami}

There is a draft account opened in my bank in 2001 by a long-time client a national of your country.he was a CEO / a textile company owner, business man, a miner at Kruger mining company he was a geologist and consultant to several other mining conglomerates operating in {Pakistan,Indonesia,Japan,Vietnam,China,Cambodia,Taiwan} all in Asia, before he passed away on 14th May 2006 leaving nobody as the next of kin of this account after his death.

The amount in this accounts currently is $32,650,000.00 {Thirty-Two Million,Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State Dollars} I want to present you as a beneficiary,I will use my position and influence in our bank to make the release of this money to you for us to Share.If i wait for days and i do not hear from you,I shall look for another person.

Please respond to me for further discussion, have a nice day.

Best Regards
Mr.Devi Chan

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