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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: "Mr.Vincent Cheng" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:12:37 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: *Spam?* From: MR. V H C CHENG.

From: MR. V H C CHENG.

Good Day
I am Mr. Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen, GBS, JP Chairman
of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

Our Client, Gen Zaiki Taha Abdel, a businessman and
also who was with the Iraqi forces, made a fixed
deposit, of Twenty Four million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch, a
number of notices was sent to him, before the war
which began in 2003 and also after the war but, no
response came from him. We later found out that the
General along with his wife and only daughter had
been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit
their home.

After more inquiry it was also discovered that the
late Gen. did not declare any next of kin in his
official papers including the paper work of his bank
deposit. What bothers me most is according to the
laws of my country at the expiration of 6 years the
funds will be revert to the ownership of the Hong
Kong Government if nobody comes for the funds,
Against this scenery, I have all the information
needed to claim these funds and I want you to act as
the beneficiary of the deposit, there is no risk
involved in this matter, as we are going to adopt a
legitimate method and the attorney will prepare all
the necessary documents.

All I require is your honest co-operation and I
guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law. Please accept my apologies,
keep my confidence and disregard this email if you
do not appreciate this proposition I have offered

All confirmable documents to back up the claims will
be made available to you prior to your acceptance
and as soon as I receive your return mail Via my
email address:( and I will
let you know what is required of you.

Your earliest response to this letter will be

Best Regards,
Mr.Vincent Cheng

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