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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: "Mr. LEE Raymond Wing Hung" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 23:43:57 +0000

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. LEE
Raymond Wing Hung, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of
China ( Hong Kong ). I have a Business suggestion for you.

In October, 2002, my late client Muhanad Uday Zaid, Iraqi Crude oil
merchant made a numbered fixed deposit of Thirty million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars (US$30,500,000.00) only in my branch. Upon
maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war (U.S and Iraqi
war), Five years ago (2003). Again after the war another notification was
sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that Muhanad
Uday Zaid, and his family had been killed during the war in a bomb blast
that hit his home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was.

After further investigation it was also discovered that Muhanad Uday Zaid
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 in
my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Thirty
million Five 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 this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Muhanad Uday Zaid 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 Muhanad Uday Zaid, 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 favor for the movement of the funds to an account that will
be provided by you. We are going to adopt a legalized method and the
attorney will prepare all the necessary documents in your favor.

There is 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 concerning this 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 this 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 this instruction religiously.
Should you be interested please send me your,
1, Full Names,
2, Private Phone Number,
3, Current Residential Address,

And I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below and
finally after that I shall furnish you with more information's about this
operation. Your earliest response to this letter through my private email
address: will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Mr. LEE Raymond Wing Hung
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer.

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