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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. Ma Kim Young" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:17:24 -0400
Subject: Urgent Proposition

Dear Beloved,

Please forgive me if I intrude your privacy, we do not know each other but what matters is transparency. I came to know about you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this confidential deal.

I am Mrs. Ma Kim young, the wife of Mr.Chung Mong founder of many Korean leading companies but having problems with the government and executives of their conglomerate on corrupt allegations leveled on my husband, which are basically untrue.

However, I have the pleasure to make this surprising but mutually benefiting business proposal. regarding some secret funds deposited somewhere in Europe for a safe-keeping, totaling the sum of Ten Million Six Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred British Pounds (10,649,400). These funds can only be release to you for investment purposes you wish to embark upon for a time period of ten(10) years, before refunding it back to us.

Furthermore, I will be ready to negotiate terms and conditions with you, if I know your financial capability, experience and investment preposition, projections you wish to utilize this funds on, hence, I will direct you to the useful contact, where these process will be concluded within matter of days.

Finally, I will furnish you with more information when I receive a respond
from you, do contact me on my private email:

Yours truly

Mrs. Ma Kim Young
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