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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: "Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 23:37:13 +0200
Subject: DISASTER OF 2004 TSUNAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King

Director Bank of China

International Remittance Department

Hong Kong.{ Asia }


It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me,
Please forgive this unusual manner to contact you, but this particular letter/email is of
exceptional and very private nature, as by virtue of my vantage position in Bank of China
Hong Kong i have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you.
There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly understood, but it is my duty to write
and reach out to you, TRUSTING that you will give this proposal a positive consideration.

I am Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King I am 63 years old and happily married with grown-up children,
and i am an Independent Non-executive Director and a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination
and Remuneration Committee of the Company and Director of Bank of China Hong Kong in charge of the
International Remittance department. I will need you to assist me in executing a business project from
our bank worth US$30.5 Million. These funds were deposited with our bank by a customer of our bank
who is a national {citizen} of your country, who unfortunately died in the December 2004 Asia
Tsunami disaster.

For more on this natural disaster click on these links:-

The deceased account has been declared dormant since 2006 and these funds will be confiscated/declared unserviceable and turned over to the Hong Kong government if the deceased business associates or next-of-kin did not claim this money; since all efforts to trace any living relative of the deceased proved abortive, i have decided that i will have you claim this money as the deceased business associate/or next-of-kin, since you are from the same country and perhaps have some similarities in certain areas. Everything concerning this transaction shall be LEGALLY done without hitch, as i was the deceased account Officer and all the relevant documents of this deposit were kept under my care.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue, as i hope that you are
a sincere, honest and matured person and above all TRUSTWORTHY. Once the funds have been
successfully transferred into your account, we shall share it in a ratio of 30% for you, 65% for me and
my associates in the bank and the reminder 5% to take care of contingencies.

I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below :{ and finally after that I shall furnish you with more information about
this operation. I am counting on your anticipated co-operation for a successful and hitch free business
transaction between us, which will be mutually beneficial, for a start oblige me these information:-

1. Your Full name{s}:-

2.Current contact address:-

3. Your present Occupation: -

4.Your age:-

5. Contact phone numbers {Office and Mobile {cell}:-

Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hurt me because I am putting my career
and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured is nothing gained,
as it is said, the taste of the pudding is in the eating, do give this proposal SERIOUS AND POSITIVE

Your earliest response to this letter will be highly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King

Director Bank of China

International Remittance Department

Hong Kong.{ Asia }



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