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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: "min yang" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 21:30:07 +0000
Subject: respond as soon as possible!!!

83, Des Voeux Road.,
Central HK,
Hong Kong.

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Ming Yang
director of operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I
have an obscured business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Gen. Aadel
Akgaal Bastaan who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman
made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a
value of Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United
State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several
notices was sent to him, even during the war which
began in 2003. Again after the war another notification was
sent and still no response came from him. We later find out
that the General along with his wife and only daughter had
been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home.
You can read more about the bombings on visiting these sites below:



After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Aadel Akgaal
Bastaan did not declare any next ofkin in hisofficial 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 depositin my bank. So,
Twenty Four million 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 laws of my country at the expiration 3
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. Aadel Akgaal Bastaan so that you will be able to receive his funds.


I want you to know that I have had everything planned
out so that we shall come out successful. I have an
attorney that will prepare the necessary document that
will back you up as the next of kin to Gen. Aadel Akgaal
Bastaan, 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 favour for the move of the funds to an
account that will be provided by you.
There is no risk involved at all in this 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
bankaccount we shall then share in the ratio of 70% for
me, 30% for you. Should you be interested please send me your full
names, private phone/fax and current residential
address and I will prefer you reach me on my private email
address below:

and finally after that I shall provide
you with more details of this operation.

Your earliest response to this letter will be

Kind Regards
Mr. Ming Yang.


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