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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. Irene Tan Loan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:13:51 -0700
Subject: GREETINGS!!!

New Page 1

Hello Dear,


My name is Mrs. Irene Tan Loan, I got your contact information from a reputable business/professional directory. I'm working with CIMB Bank Malaysia Berhad as one of the Senior Vice President. I am writing you this memo, because I have a PROPOSITION for you that will benefit both of us and itís urgent.


Please, write me on my personal contact e-mail for more details:


Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Irene Tan Loan.

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