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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Moneta Money Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 08:53:46 -0000


Dobrý den

Se vší úctou, jmenuji se pan Simon Lee Jsem hlavní financní úredník paní Meng Wanzhouové (Huawei Finance Chief) Kdo byl neoprávnene zadržen v Kanade za Bogus a smešné poplatky kvuli obchodnímu sporu, který práve probíhá s USA -Cína.

Proto se muj šéf rozhodl presunout všechny své prostredky ze svého sporicího úctu v Kanade, a proto bychom vám rádi tyto peníze poslali na investicní úcely a úschovu ve vaší zemi. Cím se živíte? Budou fondy bezpecné? Jaké máte investicní nápady?

Muj šéf by rád investoval do dobrého obchodu nebo nemovitostí ve vaší zemi. Celkem vám bude zasláno celkem 8 milionu dolaru kanadských dolaru, což je približne 6 milionu amerických dolaru nebo 5,3 milionu EUR.

Prosím, dejte mi vedet, jestli to zvládnete? Pokud mi mužete poslat své kontaktní údaje soukromý e-mail, soukromé císlo bunky a co je císlo aplikace atd. Peníze jsou 100% legální. Pro prenos a vaši pomoc však vyžadujeme nejvyšší duvernost. Nechceme, aby byla zapojena tretí strana. Rozumíš? Tešíme se na jednání od vás.


S pozdravem,


Pane Simon Lee
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Good Day

With all due respect, My name is Mr. Simon Lee i am the chief financial officer to Mrs. Meng Wanzhou (Huawei Finance Chief) Who was wrongfully detained in Canada for Bogus and ridiculous charges due to the trade dispute currently going on now with US-China.

Therefore, my boss has decided to move all her funds out of her savings account in Canada we therefore would like to send this money to you for investment purposes and safekeeping in your country. What do you do for a living? Will the funds be safe? What investments ideas do you have?

My boss would like to invest in a good business or Real Estate in your country. A total of $8 Million Canadian dollars will be sent to you That is around US$6 Million United State Dollars or EURO 5.3 Million Euro I will give you 50% of the total amount for your assistance

Please let me know if you can handle it? If you can send me your contact details private email, private cell number and Whats app number etc. The money is 100% legal. But we require the upmost confidentiality for the transfer and your assistance. We don’t want any third party involved. Do you understand? Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Simon Lee
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