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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" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:16:26 +0000
Subject: GREETINGS!!!

The Center, 99,
Queen's Road Central,
Central, Hong Kong

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Wang Qin of Investment Banking, Union Bank Of China. On July 6,
2004, our client Mr. Irvin poot, a businessman, made a numbered fixed
deposit for 6 (six) calendar months, with a value of US$20.5m only in my
branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him and no response came
from him. Another notification was sent early February and still no response
came from him.

The Bank officially sent two-man delegate to his residence in Malaysia were
he reside only to find out that the business mogul and his family perished
in the Tsunami disaster.

After further investigations, it was also discovered that Mr. Irvin
Poot 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
visited my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So,
Twenty million, Five Hundred Thousand United State dollars is still lying in
my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to the laws of my country, at the expiration of one year (1
year) the funds will revert to the ownership of Hong Kong Government if
nobody applies to claim the funds. I will like you as a foreigner to stand
as the next of kin to Mr. Irvin Poot to enable you receive the funds. Lets
put heads together to see how we can transfer these funds out of Hong Kong
and use it judiciously.

I have contacted an Attorney that will prepare the necessary documents that
will back you up as the next of kin to Mr. Irvin Poot, all that is require
from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your full names and
Address including your direct phone and fax numbers for my Attorney to
commence his job.

My Attorney will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the
necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the funds to be
move to an account that will be provided by you. We are going to adopt a
legalized method and the Attorney will prepare all the necessary documents
and no risk involved.

Note that sharing percentage is negotiable by the two parties. Contact me on
this email
with your full names, address, fax and telephone number if you are
interested and more details will be provided to you about the Project.

Mr.Wang Qin

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