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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: McCallum Graeme <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 10:33:38 +0100
Subject: Institutional Fund Services

I am Mr. McCallum Graeme, Institutional Fund Services, Middle East and Africa, HSBC Bank PLC, London International Branch, On resumption of duties after the Christmas and New year celebration i discovered that one of my bank customer, Mr. JOSHUA WANG, an Indonesia by birth, a consultant/contractor with the military relief Group, a charity organization to the United Nation( UN),was one of the victims of the TSUNAMI disaster in the Asia World, he has being a private resident here in London for 3 years, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit, valued at £6,500,000.00(Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) for twelve calendar months in my Branch.

As representative with contacts in the Middle east /Africa, upon the tsunami disaster in his home country of Indonesia, in which he was on a private visit to see his sick old parents, I have made personal contacts to his resident here in London and through some foreign mission in Indonesia, and has discovered that he and his entire family perished in the said natural disaster in his local community in Indonesia.

On further investigation, it also discovered that he died without making a WILL (En-state) and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless, it was discovered in the Late Mr. JOSHUA WANG bank papers that the only persons stated as his entitled next of kin is his only wife, who also died with him in the disaster, so presently their is no persons to declare as the next of kin to the said fund and as it stand now, No person will ever come forward to claim it.

As the bank papers/documents have only his late wife's name, since they have no child before their sudden death. In accordance with the Banking Federal Laws and constitution, the money will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim the funds within certain period. Consequently, I shall present you as a foreign partner to stand in as the next of kin to late Mr. JOSHUA WANG so that you and I can benefit from the fruits of this old man's labor and also donate certain portion of the fund to all victims of the Tsunami disasters through humanitarian Organization.

Be informed that i have in my capacity/position carefully moved this fund into the Vault of a Security and Finance Company here in London that has Branches all over Europe/America where this fund can be claim.

Upon acceptance of this proposal, we shall employ the services of a solicitor for the drafting of the LAST WILL &TESTAMENT of Late Mr. Joshua Wang and to obtain all other relevant papers in your name for the necessary documentation for payment approval in my bank headquarters in your Favor.

I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as I will use my position as the senior Bank's personnel in the Institutional fund services, Middle East and Africa, HSBC BANK PLC, to secure approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction. Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. If this interests you, please reply me immediately and please include your private phone number for voice contact and fax number so that I can provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction better.

Awaiting your urgent reply through my only private email on OR

Best regards,
McCallum Graeme

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