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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "MR EDWARD YAU" <mredwardwyw1_10@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: mredwardyauwd@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 18:03:03 +0100
Subject: I WAIT YOUR URGENT REPLY


MR EDWARD YAU.
SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL BANK LIMITED(UK BRANCH)
65 CORNHILL, LONDON , EC3V 3NP
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
e-mail mredwardyauwd@yahoo.com

Geetings,

ATTN : Sir ,


I would not have used this medium (Internet) but I chose to reach you
through it because it is the fastest,surest and most secured medium of
communication. However,this correspondence is un-official and private,and
it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this transaction
is hitch free from all what you may think of.

I am Mr Edward Yau of SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL BANK LIMITED (London Branch) I am
contacting you based on> Trust and confidentiality that will be attached
to this transaction.

The Management and the Legal department of our BANK (SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL
BANK LIMITED UK) in a recent meeting, Recommended that the account of
WAI-CHING CHUNG, who was ne of my branch depositor, should be declared
Dormant,confisticated and the depositor's fund sent to the Bank Treasury
according to UK Banking and financial law. He died in worldtrade centre as
a victims of the september 11,2001.Incident that befall the United State of
America,the bank has made series of efforts to contact any of the relatives
to claim this money but without success, you can confirm
through this site:

http://www.september11victims.com/september11Vctims/victims_list.htm

MR WAI-CHING CHUNG is an account holder in my branch, he owns a dollar
account with the sum of US$58.2M (Fifty Eight Million, two Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars Only) deposited in a Secret account with my
branch .

In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the Dollar account holder (the
brother) nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim this because he
has the account as a > secret account thus he left all the documents
for > the deposit with me.

This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in.

I want you to come in as the relation of the deceased, I will give you the
relevantdocuments and contacts to file the application and then ffect the
approvals for the> transfer of the money, I will be the one to provide the
ital documents for the claims of the money and then advise you exactly how
we should handle it.Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home Address
when replying this mail and I will give you more information
as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction.

We will use our positions to get all internal documentations to back up
the claims.Do not be bothered that you are not related in any way to
him as I am in position to afix your name as the next of kin.

The whole Procedures will last only 7 working days to get the fund
retrieved successfully without trace even in future. After the
transfer of the money we shall share the money 50-40-10.that is I will have
50%
whileyou will have 40%, then 10% for any expenses incured.

I await your urgent response to this e-mail. mredwardyauwd@yahoo.com

Yours Truly,

MR EDWARD YAU.

(London Branch SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL BANK LIMITED UK

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