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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: "Changchang Sang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2020 23:25:45 +0100
Subject: Can You Trust?

can you trust?


In my search for a business partner who has his contact person in the Google search. My client is willing to invest $ 10 million to $ 50 million, but my client said he needs a

trusted partner who can have a meeting at the point of releasing his funds.

I told my client that a good profile was given by your company, with whom I was looking for details about you in my Google search. Can we trust you? Please treat this with the
utmost confidentiality and if you do not have interest I apologize for my intrusion on your time as I beg you to forget you ever received a letter like this.

We can make a plan for a long-term trade relationship.Email,

Please if you are not interested, delete this email and do not hunt because I said my career and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing dared anything gained.

Please answer.
Miss . Changchang Sang

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