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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: "THANKS" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 19:04:21 +0200
Subject: Confirm your interest;

{MR. Song Li le
Hang Seng Bank Ltd.
Sai Wan Ho Branch,
83, Des Voeux Road,
Hong Kong.

Good Day,
Let me start by introducing myself.I am Mr. SONG LI LE
director of operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd.I
have an obscured business suggestion for you. Before
the U.S and Iraqi war our client Colonel Sadiq Uday
who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman,
made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months,
with a value of Nineteen millions Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch.Upon
maturity several notices was sent to him, even during
the war which began in 2003. Again after the war
another notification was sent and still no response
came from him. We later found out that the Colonel
along with his wife and only daughter had been killed
during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home.
You can read more about the bombings on visiting these
sites below:


After further investigation it was also discovered
that Colonel Sadiq Uday 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, Nineteen millions 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 5 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 Colonel
Sadiq Uday so that you will be able to receive his


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 Colonel Sadiq
Uday, all that is required from you at this stage is
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 of kin, the attorney will also
fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the
necessary approval and of probate in your favour for
the move of the funds to an account that will be
provided by you.There is no risk involved at all in
this matter, as we are going to adopt a legalized
method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary
documents. 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 then share in the ratio of 70% for
me, 30% for you.

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 provide you with more
details of this operation.

Your earliest response to this letter will be

Kind Regards,
Mr Song Lile

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