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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: "Feng Lee" <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 09:50:35 +0000
Subject: Urgent!Urgent!!


Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr Feng Lee. director of
of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd,Sai Wan Ho Branch.I have a mutual beneficial
business suggestion for you.

Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Major Fadi Basem who was with
Iraqi forces and also a business man made a numbered fixed deposit for
calendar months, with a value of Fifty Five million,Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars(US$55.5M) only in my branch.Upon
maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war two years
ago(2003).Again after the war another
notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later
out that the Major and his family had been killed during the war in
blast that hit their home. After further investigation it was also
discovered that Major Fadi Basem did not declare any next of kin in his
official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he
confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me
of his deposit in my bank.So,Fifty Five million,Five Hundred Thousand
State Dollars(US$55.5M) is still lying in my bank and no one will ever
forward to claim it.What bothers me most is that according to the laws
my country at the expiration four years six months the funds will
revert to
the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim

Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as
foreigner to front for me and stand as the next of kin to Major Fadi
so that you will be able to receive his funds.Please,if you are capable
standing as the next of Kin to Major Fadi Basem,you should indicate so
I will give you more information.Absolute confidentiality is required
you.Besides,I will use my
connection to get some documents to back up the fund so that the fund
not be question by any authourity.

I will give you further details of the transaction when I recieve a
positive response from you and also the ration which the money will be
shared between both of us.

Treat as very urgent.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr.Feng Lee

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