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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 WANG CHIN" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:39:13 +0200


I am Mr.WANG CHIN, GBS, JP Chairman of Hang Seng Bank
in Hong Kong .

I have a business proposal for you. My client a Businessman, and a
Merchant in Middle East, made a fixed deposit for millions of united
States Dollars for 18 months in my bank.

Upon maturity several notices were sent to him. It was later discovered that
he and his entire family were killed in the war leaving no heir/family
member to
these fund. According to the laws of my country at the expiration 3 years
which has
currently exceeded, the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong
Kong Government
if nobody applies to claim the funds.

I have already succeeded in transferring the funds out of my country to
an online bank awaiting claims for an heir with same surname(where you
come in) to help me apply to take custody of the funds, my proposal is to put
you as next of kin and have the funds released to you from the online
bank for a share in the ratio 50% each. All paper works would be put in
place from my end to ensure a legal inheritance.

However I await your response and assurance that you can be of
partnership with me in making the project a reality. Should you be
interested; in executing this proposal with me; please kindly reply me
with your full name and current address and telephone number on my
e-mail address below:

Finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this whole


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