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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: "David Feng" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 19:15:00 +0000
Subject: Your Reply Is Needed Urgently,


Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr.David Feng. director of
operations of the Jian Sing Bank,41/F, Tower 1, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway,
Hong Kong.I have a mutual beneficial business suggestion for you.

I saw your contact during my private search for a relaible and trustworthy
foriegner that will assist me in finalising this transaction and i Want to
believe That You will be very honest,committed and capable of Assisting in
this Business Venture.

Firstly, let me explain the source of this funds and What you are Expected
To do. A forigner late mohamed kamal yasser, oil Merchant/contractor, until
His death, over the past years ago, was a victim of an Egyptian airline
Flight 990 plane is details about the Plane
Crash.( /egyptair990.list/index.html)

The deceased, mohamed kamal yasser, banked with us and Has a closing Balance
As a july 2000 worth $45m (fourty five million usd). Which my bank, Now
expectes a next-of-kin to claim as the beneficiary Of the funds, Efforts Has
been made by my bank directors to get in touch With the mr mohamed Kamal
Yasser's Family or relative but to no success based on the Perceived
Of Not being able to locate mohamed kamal's Next-of-kin, the Management
Under the influence of our chairman and the board of Directors are Making
Arrangements for the funds to be declared unclaimed And channeled to An
unknown account.

However,based on this that we have contacted you to Stand as the Next-of-kin
Of late mohamed kamal yasser so that the funds will be Released and Paid
Into your account as the beneficiary and the Next-of-kin to the Deceased.

All documents,and proof to enable you get the funds Have been carefully
Worked Out as we have secured from the different offices Concerned for
Transfer of the fund to your nominated account. it has Been agreed that
The Owner of the account will be compensated with 30% of
The remitted Funds, While we keep 65% and 5% will be set aside to offset
Expenses both Locally And international.

If this proposal satisfies you,please let me know for more information and
also send me your contact
Telephone and fax Number Including your cell phone number for quick and easy

I await your urgent response, all the best and god
Bless you. Please

Yours faithfully,

David Feng.

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