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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: Hon-Hing Wong <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 06:46:20 -0700
Subject: Your Response


Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Hon-Hing Wong , Managing Director Dah SingBank Ltd, Hong Kong.

I am contacting you with respect to a portfolioamounting to $35,520,000 USD (Thirty Five Million,Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollar)deposited by a German Merchant named Mr. MathewSchneider.

On the 18th of October 2002 Mr. Mathew Schneiderdeposited $12,000,000 USD (Twelve Million UnitedStates Dollars) under our portfolio managementdepartment for four years and the deposit matured onthe 18th of October 2006 with over 196% growth whichamounted to a total of $35,520,000 USD (Thirty FiveMillion, Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand UnitedStates Dollar).

Mr. Mathew Schneider, has since passed away withoutstating his next of kin because he deposited the fundsin our establishment at a point he was finalizingdivorcing his wife and had no kids coupled with thefact that he was an orphan, this funds has sincemature and the roll-over on the funds has alsoexpired.

This sum of $35,520,000 USD (Thirty Five Million, FiveHundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollar) isstill in my possession in my Bank lifeless andunnoticed because there will never be a claim on thefunds and all material and immaterial documents andcertificates relating to the funds is also in mypossession.

According to the Hong Kong Law regulating cases ofthis nature which is also typical to other Asiancountries, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, suchfunds will revert to the ownership of the Governmentfor financing military operations, such as purchasingof arms and ammunitions for the military.

In order to avert this negative development, I willlike to seek for your permission as a foreigner tostand as the next of kin to Mr. Mathew Schneider sothat the fruits of this old man's labor will not beuse for financing weapons which will further enhancethe courses of war in the world in general.

The money will be paid into your account for us toshare in the ratio of 60% for me and 35% for you andthe balance of 5% will be responsible for themajor/trivial expenses incurred in the course of thetransaction. There is no risk at all as all thepaperwork for this project will be done by my attorneyand with my position as the credit officer guaranteesthe successful execution of this project. If you areinterested, please reply immediately.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you withfurther information and modalities that will helpyou understand the transaction.

You should observe utmost confidentiality, and restassured that this project would be most profitable forboth parties because I shall require your assistanceto invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Thanks and regards.Mr. Hon-Hing Wong
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