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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: "Jun Huan" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:24:44 -0800
Subject: Hello.

I am Mr.Jun Huan of HSH Nordbank AG, Hong Kong. I have an obscured business suggestion for you.In November, 1999, Ahmad Fahmi an Indonesian,a contractor with the Iraqi Government and also a businessman, made a time investment of US$24.5M as secured growth funds for (60)sixty calendar months in my Branch.

This investment has matured and has been lying in our Bank reserve for the past two years,and under the Hong Kong banking laws,any time Investment unclaimed after three years will be turned over to the Hong Kong Government purse.

Upon maturity several notices were sent to him and no response camefrom him. Early This year,it was later discovered that the Ahmad Fahmiand his family were killed in a convoy attack in Musol, Iraqi on 22th Aug, 2004 After further investigation it was also discovered that Ahmad Fahmi 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 in my Office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my Bank.

Against this backdrop,I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Ahmad Fahmi so that you will be able to receive this funds I have contacted an Attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Ahmad Fahmi and also the rightful beneficiary to the funds.

Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. What is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full names,Address, direct telephone and fax numbers, age so that the Attorney can commence his job.Reply strictly if you areinterested with the requested information via my personal email; to enable the Attorney commences his job immediately.


Mr.Jun Huan.

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