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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: Mrs Makim <>
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:33:18 -0700
Subject: Greetings


Pardon my mode of communication.

I am Mrs. Ma Kim, the wife of Mr. Choong founder of many Korean
companies but having problems with the government and executives of
conglomerate on corrupt allegations leveled on my husband, which are
basically untrue. However, I have a legitimate business offer for you
regarding some secret funds deposited somewhere in Europe for a
safe-keeping, totaling the sum of One Hundred and
Fifty Million United States Dollars . These funds can be released to
you for any investment you wish to embark upon for a time period of
(10) years before refunding it back to us.

Furthermore, I will be ready to negotiate terms with you, if I know
financial capability, experience and investment preposition,
you wish to utilize this funds on, hence, I will direct you to the
contact, where these process will be concluded within matter of days.
Finally, I will furnish you with more information when I receive a
from you, do contact me on my private email:

Yours truly

Reply to;

Mrs. Ma Kim

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