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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: ming yang <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 08:48:54 -0600


Dear Friend,
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. Ming Hoi Yang operations manager of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd, Des Voeux Road Branch,Central Hong Kong.Hong Kong. I have an obscured business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Manal SaadAllah Matti who was with the Iraqi forces and also business woman made a numbered fixed deposit for 24 calendar months, with a value of Four million three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$4,300,000.00) only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to her, even during the war early last year. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from her. We later find out that Manal SaadAllah Matti and her family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where her personal oil well was.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Manal SaadAllah Matti did not declare any next of kin in her official papers including the paper work of her bank deposit. And she also confided in me the last time she was at my office that no one except me knew of her deposit in my bank. So, Four million three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration six{6} years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against ther backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Manal SaadAllah Matti so that you will be able to receive her 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 Manal SaadAllah Matti, all that is required from you is to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence her 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 favor 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 is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking.There is no risk involved at all in the 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 concerning ther issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you but there can 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 ther instruction religiously.
Should you be interested please complete and send me the following information below:

1,Full names,
2,private phone number,
3,current residential address,
And finally after that I shall furnish you with more informations about ther operation.
Your earliest response to ther letter will be appreciated.
Kind Regards
Mr. Ming Hoi Yang.

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