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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: "JING WU CN" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 01:29:59 +0000


Dear Friend,

I am Jing Wu , Bank Manager of Bank in China, Shenzhen branch. I have
and very
confidential business proposition for you.

On November 6, 1999, a British Oil consultant/contractor with the
Solid Minerals Corporation, Made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for
calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars) in
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 Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation that he died
an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he
without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that he did not
declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including
Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is
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
Republic of
China, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the
ownership of the Chinese Government if nobody applies to claim the

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in
as the next of kin to the man so that the fruits of this old man's
will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This
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 tarization
the WILL and to ob tain 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
into your account for us to share in the ratio of 80% for me and 20%

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will
done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your
response, I
shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that
help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential
telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall
your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my email:

Thanks and regards.

Jing Wu.

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