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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 peter wong <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:53:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.peter wong Executive Director of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd,
hong kong.
An Iraqi named farouk bassem,a business man made a numbered fixed
deposit for 12 calendar months, this is valued to Eight Million
United State Dollars only in my branch.

Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war,
four years ago(2006).Again after the war another notification was
sent and still no response came from him.

We later found out that farouk bassem and his family had been killed
during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home at Mukaradeeb.
After further investigation it was also discovered that farouk bassem
did not declare any next of kin in his official paper s including
the paper work of his bank deposit. My proposal is to put you as next of
kin and have the funds released to you for us to share 50/50 for your

Should you be interested in executing this with me; indicate your
interest by sending me Your response with your name,address,
occupation and phone number to reach me at my personal email address

Mr.peter wong

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