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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: di <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2004 14:30:53 +0000

MR. Di Shun

I am Mr.Di shun, Bank Manager of Bank of China,
Shenzhen Branch, China. I have urgent and very
confidential business proposition for you.

On November 6, 1998, a British Oil
consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals
Corporation,Mr. John Schelpert made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars) in my
branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification
to his forwarding address in America but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employers, the Chinese
Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. John Schelpert
died alongside his wife,from an aeroplane crash, to be
precise the Eygptair Flight 990 in November 1999. For
confirmation you may check the CNN Press release on
this cnn website .

On further investigation, I found out that he died
without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his
next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further
investigation and discovered that Mr.John Schelpert
did not declare any kin or relations in all his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit
paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is
still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being
rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each
year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to Laws of Republic of China, at the
expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to
the ownership of the Chinese Government if nobody
applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal
is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as
the next of kin to Mr. John Schelpert so that the
fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the
hands of some corrupt government officials. This is
simple, I will like you to provide immediately your
full names and address so that the attorney will
prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that
will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall
employ the services of an attorney for drafting and
notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary
documents and letter of probate/administration in your
favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of
the world that you will provide will then facilitate
the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into
your account for us to share in the ratio of 90% for
me and 10% for you.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by the attorney and my
position as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are
interested, please reply immediately via the private
email address above. Upon your response, I shall then
provide you with more details and relevant documents
that will help you understand the transaction. Please
send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers
for easy communication. Please observe utmost
confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us
because I shall require your assistance to invest my
share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my email

Yours Sincerely,

Mr Di Shun.

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