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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: "Ms. Liu Chunying" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2020 23:50:46 -0700
Subject: Re: Ms. Liu Chunying Message You


I am Ms. Liu Chunying,female and the Audit Manager Asia
Foreign Contractor’s Settlement Centre China Branch. My office monitors
and controls all foreign contract settlement here in Hubei Province of China.
I am the final signatory to every payment files for the remittance of huge
funds moving within both on the local and international levels in line
with foreign claim settlement.

I wish to place your name as the beneficiary of eighteen million five
hundred thousand dollars from an over-invoiced contract amount here in
my office.

I assure you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in
your country and here in China once the fund is transferred to your
bank account.
I therefore solicit your cooperation to be in collaboration with me to
have this done, I will need you to provide the following information
urgently to enable me start the processing of the all the relevant
legal documents for the fund remittance.


Our sharing pattern once successful is 40 percent for your assistance
while I retain 60 percent

Please reply strictly on this my direct email address

Waiting for your reply soon.

Yours Faithfully,
Ms. Liu Chunying.

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