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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: "cheung pui" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 16:02:37 -0600
Subject: WRITE BACK.


Dear Friend,

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Cheung Pui director of
operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business suggestion
for you.Before the U.S andIraqi war our client Major Fadi Basem who was
with the Iraqi forces and also business man made a numbered fixed deposit
for 18 calendar months, with a value of Twenty Four millionFive Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch.

Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war early this
year.Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response
came from him.We later find out that the Major and his family had been
killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home.

After further investigation it was also discovered that Major Fadibasem 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 at my
office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank.So Twenty Four
million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollar 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 4 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 Major Fadi Basem 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 contacted an attorney that willprepare the
necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin for you to
provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can
commence his job. After you have been made the next ofkin,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 move of the funds to an account
that will be provided by you.There is no risk involved at all in thematter
as we are going adopt alegalized method and the attorney will prepare all
the necessary documents. Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in
all matters concerning this issue.

Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account weshall
share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you . Should you be interested
please send me your full names and current residential address and I will
prefer you to reach me on the email address below


And finally after that i shall provide you with more details of this
operation.Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mr. Cheung Pui

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