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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. Zhuo Chengwen" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 22:06:00 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: Please revert

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is understandable that you might be apprehensive because you do not
know me. But I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to
share with you. Permit me to introduce myself, I am Mr. Zhuo Chengwen,
Chief Financial Officer of the Bank of China (Hong kong), Eastern
Commercial Centre, Wan Chai Branch. Only recently I discovered that an
account belonging to Mr. Salah Jaata al Nimrawi, who was with the Iraqi
forces and also a businessman made a numbered fixed deposit for 12
calendar months, with a value of Seventeen Million Three Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars (US$17,300,000.00) only into an account with my
branch, Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, but there was no

Again, Febuary 12th, another notification was sent and still no response
came from him. We later found out that Mr. Salah Jaata al Nimrawi and his
family had been killed in gun fire between Taji and Tasfeerat prison,

After further inquiries, it was discovered that Mr. Salah Jaata al Nimrawi
did not declare any next of kin in his official papers, including the
paper work of his bank deposit. The last time he came to my office, he
confided in me that no one knew of this deposit in my bank. What bothers
me most is that according to the laws of my country, at the expiration of
six{6} years, the funds will be revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong
Government, if nobody applies to claim it. Against this backdrop, my
suggestion to you is that I will like to front you as a foreigner to stand
as the next of kin to Mr. Salah Jaata al Nimrawi, so that you will be able
to receive his funds.


I want you to know that all modalities for the success of this transfer to
you have been mapped out and the success is 100% sure. I have an attorney
that will prepare the necessary documents that will back you up as the
next of kin to Mr. Salah Jaata al Nimrawi, all that is required from you
is to provide me with your Full Names and Address, so that my attorney can
commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney
will file for claims on your behalf and also secure the necessary approval
and letter of probate in your favor for the movement of the funds to
another account. We are going to adopt a legalized method because the
attorney will prepare all necessary documents in your favor. There is a
reward for this project and it is a task worth undertaking. There is no
risk involved at all in our planned modalities, I have evaluated the risks
and the only risk I have here is your refusing to work with me and
alerting my bank.

I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed
you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning
this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to the account, we shall
share in the ratio of 50% for me, 50% for you. I send you this mail not
without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within
me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches
never come easy or on a platter of gold. Please observe this instructions
religiously. Should you be interested
please send me your:

1,Full names and address.
2,Telephone and fax numbers.

And finally after that I shall furnish you with more information about
this operation. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards
Mr. Zhuo Chengwen.

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