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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 Ooi Sang Kuang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 23:11:47 +0200
Subject: Re

I am happy to have the opportunity to write you this email. My name is Ooi Sang Kuang. A top bank executive in Singapore. I want to discuss an important project issue with you.

Please, let me know if this email is valid.Get in touch with me for further information and discussion on this project. Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr Ooi Sang Kuang.

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