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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: Bank Of China <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 22:43:02 +0100
Subject: Good Business Venture

Mr. Chen Guangyuan
Bank of China (Hongkong)
Eastern Commercial Centre,
393-407 Hennessy Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel/Fax: 00852 301 578 57

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. Chen Guangyuan operations manager of the Bank of China (Hongkong), Eastern Commercial Centre,
Wan Chai Branch. I have an obscure business suggestion for you.

Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Manal Saad-Allah Matti who was with the Iraqi forces and also
business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 24 calendar months, with a value of Eleven million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$11,500,000.00) only in my branch. Upon maturity several
notice was sent to him, even during the war early last year. Again after the war another notification was
sent and still no response came from him. We later find out that Manal Saad-Allah Matti and his family
had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil
well was.

After further investigation it was also discovered that Manal Saad-Allah Matti 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, Eleven 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 Manal Saad-Allah Matti 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 Manal
Saad-Allah Matti, 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 adopt a legalized
method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents in your favour.There is a reward for
this project and it is a task well worth undertaking.There is no risk involved at all in the 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, 25% for you
and 5% set aside for any incidental expenses.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 the details as below;

1. Full name
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 informations about this operation. Your earliest response
to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards

Mr.Chen Guangyuan

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