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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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Fraud email example:

From: "wang qin" <wangqin01@handbag.com>
Reply-To: wangqin011@netscape.net
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 14:32:13 +0100
Subject: URGENT

MR. WANG QIN
HANG SENG BANK LTD.
DES VOEUX RD. BRANCH,
CENTRAL HONG KONG,
HONK KONG.
EMAIL:wangqin011@netscape.net




I am Mr. Wang Qin credit officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd.I have a concealed
business suggestion for you.


Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client General. Ibrahim Moussa who was
with the Iraqi forces and also business man made a numbered fixed deposit
for 18 calendar months, with a value of Twenty millions Five Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars only in my branch.


Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war early
this year. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no
response came from him. We later find out that the General and his family
had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home.


After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Ibrahim Moussa
did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper
work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was
at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank.


So, Twenty millions Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still
lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers
me most is that according to the to the laws of my country at the expiration
three years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government
if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion
to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin
to Gen. Ibrahim Moussa so that you will be able to receive his funds.


WHAT IS TO BE DONE:


I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall
come out successful. I have contacted an attorney that will prepare the
necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen.Ibrahim
Moussa,all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide
me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his
job.After you have been made the next of kin,the attorney will also fill
in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and
letter of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account
that will be provided by you.



There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going adopt a legalized
method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents.
Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this
issue.Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account
we shall share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you and 5% for any expenses
incurred during the course of this operation.


Should you be interested please send me your private phone and fax numbers
for easy communication, you can write me via my private box (wangqin011@netscape.net)
and i will provide you with more details of this operation.


Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.


Kind Regards.

Wang Qin.

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