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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: "Zhao Shaodong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2018 05:08:28 +0700

Dearest Confidant
My name is Zhao Shaodong,Managing Director of Shanghai Yancheng Asset Management Co. Ltd in China. We intend to have investment interest into Europe, North America,and other continents whereby we intend to do big business with a high rate of returns.I got your contact from a source through a veritable source while searching for a trust worthy person tomake contact with. I sincerely apologize for barging into your privacy but for my quest to sort for foreign investments, I decided to contact you.We have substantial funds to be invested in your economy and I desire a trustworthy partner to handle these funds on my behalf as i expect a high rate of return.My desire is that you receive and manage these funds on our behalf as our present situation does not afford direct access. For your services, we are willing to negotiate favorable terms with you including an initial percentage of the total funds,as investment manager and consequently a profit on the investment proper I will reveal furt her details of this propo
Zhao shaodong

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