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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:

Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 00:58:40 -0500 (EST)

FROM: MR.CHEN GUANGYUANBank of China (Hongkong)Eastern Commercial Centre,393-407 Hennessy Road,Wan Chai,Hong Kong.
Good Day,
It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you.
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Chen Guangyuan operationsmanager of the Bank of China (Hongkong), Eastern Commercial Centre, WanChai Branch. I have a obscured business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Hamadi Hashem who was with theIraqi forces and also business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 24calendar months, with a value of Seventeen million three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$17,300,000.00) only in my branch.Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war early last year.Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later find out that Hamadi Hashem and his family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Hamadi Hashem 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 was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So,Seventeen million three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is stilllying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. Whatbothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at theexpiration six {6} years the funds will revert to the ownership of theHong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against thisbackdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Hamadi Hashem 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 Hamadi Hashem, all that is required from you is 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 movement of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. We are going adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents in your favour.There are a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. There is no risk involved at all in this matter, I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is for you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank.I am the only one who knows of this situation, good
fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life.
Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerningthis issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bankaccount we shall share in the ratio of 60% for me, 40% for you but thiscan be subjected to further negotiations. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. Please observe this instruction religiously.
Should you be interested please send me your,1. Full names,2. Private phone number,3. Current residential address,
And finally after that I shall furnish you with more information aboutthis operation.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Kind RegardsMr.Chen Guangyuan

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