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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: "Barr. Poseop Kim L. (Kim Chambers and Solicitors)."
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 19:31:41 +0530
Subject: Good-day sir/madam, your acknowledgement is needed.

Good Day Sir / Madam,

My name is Barr. Poseop Kim Lucidcorp, an Investment Attorney, I am
writing on behalf of Mr. Chen Shui-Bian (a client of mine). My client
has a large sum of money which he is looking for someone to help him
relocate and manage the funds.

My client Mr. Chen Shui-Bian has presented a subtle offer which will
need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Mr. Chen
Shui-Bian is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate
certain sums of money out and this must be done in such a way that must
not be connected or tied to him in any form during the process of the

The money is currently deposited with a financial institution here in
China, which will be disclosed to you upon your willingness to assist my

Your role will be to:

[1]. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
[2]. Receive the funds into your business/private bank account.
[3]. Invest/Manage the funds outside of China.
[4]. Value of funds: $65 Million US Dollars.

All legal documentation will be done in your name to ensure the rights
to the funds are transferred to you.

should you agree to partner with my client, you will be compensated with
12% of the total sum and also 3% for any expenses incurred during the
process of the transaction. you will not be asked for any payment for
all documentation's and processing will be taken care-off.

Should you prefer I re-contact you with more express facts, I will need
you to acknowledge this mail.

For Mr. Chen Shui-Bian's current profile visit this site:

Barr. Poseop Kim.
Investment Attorney
Kim Chambers and Solicitors.

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