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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: "Mr Jason Wilson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2019 23:54:00 +0100

Dear Friend,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you. I got your contact from a computerize data following my effort
searching for a trustworthy person to assist me.

My name is Mr. Jason Wilson, I'm an American working for ASIA COURIER SERVICES
as a Director of Logistics in China, as the director of logistic, am incharge of
the distributions and storage of goods in the courier company and i hold all
account operation and distribution of one of our deceased customer, we lost this
customer in the tsunami disaster on the 26th December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia. and he happen to deposit a lugguge
with the courier company before this tragic incident occurred 15 years ago and his
luggagehas been unclaimed due to unavailability of next of kin/relatives to claim his luggage

My late customer was frequent in depositing luggages to be sent to different countries
as he was into buying and selling of gold, jewelries, diamonds, and Art Works here in China
before his untimely demise on 26th December 2004.

In accordance with the Chinese laws as a kingdom, the board of directors of
the Asia Courier company met forth night ago and resolved to turn the luggages
of the deceased over to Government having waited for too long without the
deceased relatives/next of kin surfacing property and if this is done,
invariably, the funds will end up to become Government property and it is
as a result of this that am moved to contact you considering the fact that
you share almost the same name with the deceased.

In view of this, I am seeking your cooperation and understanding to stand
as the deceased next of kin to enable us claim the inheritance before the
period given by the company elapse. If you are interested and in agreement
with me, get back to me quickly and I will send to you all the paperwork,
contacts and the information you may need to proceed without coming to
China, and be rest assured that it is risk free project and the
proceedings will be shared 50% each once the luggage gets to you
anywhere you are in the world.

Please reply immediately with your information including your telephone
number for easy communication and oral discussion.

I await your prompt response immediately.I can be reached on this E-mail.

Best Regards.

Mr. Jason Wilson.

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