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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: Madam Lee <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 20:50:08 -0800

Nice meeting you here and I hope this email finds you well;
i am Mrs. Lee Maureen , headof admin and
pubic relation officer of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

This is to notify you that your name/email was selected among the two
beneficiary that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is
compensating with USD$2Million each. This compensation is to help
individuals that lost their Job/works to convid-19.

You are advised to contact Deut Bank on this email
( ( ) ). Send them your

(1) Full Name
(2) Home or Office Address
(3) Your Mobile/Landline.

And also include your
transaction code number which is ( 57HYH) Without this code you will
not be attended to.

Best Regards
Mrs. Lee Maureen

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