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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Frank Chang" <frankchang009@msn.com>
Reply-To: frankchang12005@yahoo.com.hk
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 00:02:14 +0000
Subject: HELLO

THE DESK OF:MR.FRANK CHANG
HANG SENG BANK LTD.
DES VOEUX RD.BRANCH
CENTRAL HONG KONG
HONG KONG.
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am MR.FRANK CHANG, credit officer of Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an urgentand very confidential business proposition for you.On June 6,2000, a British Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation,Mr.Robert Purdy made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$4.5million (four million five hundred Dollars only) in my branch.Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Hong Kong Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Robert Purdy died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Robert Purdy did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.This sum of US$4.5 million dollars is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
No one will ever come forward to claim it.According to Laws of Hong Kong, at the expiration of 5(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Robert Purdy so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin.We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer.A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 25% for you and 5% for expenses incurred in the course of the transaction.
There is no risk at all,as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.If you are interested,please reply immediately Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential email and fax numbers for easy communication as my spoken english is not very good.
You should observe altmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.For the security and sucess of this transaction,reply me back via my private and personal email address (
frankchang12005@yahoo.com.hk)
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Thanks and regards.

MR.FRANK CHANG.
HANG SENG BANK LTD.
DES VOEUX RD.BRANCH
CENTRAL HONG KONG
HONG KONG
frankchang12005@yahoo.com.hk

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