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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: "Mrs.Wan Yonghong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:36:32 +0100
Subject: re:mail

Dear Friend,

I am a staff of Chong Hing Bank attached in Private Banking services;I am contacting you in reference to an investment opportunity which I believe would be of significant reward to us.Its about a customer that came to Chong Hing Bank to engage in Private Banking services.The customer had a financial portfolio of 14,700,000.00.(Fourteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)and this I help turned over in the purchase of securities in the capital markets.I was the bank adviser assisting the customer in the management of the fund.

Given the instruction to liquidate the funds after 4 years for some Investment requiring cash payments in Europe, I made effort to contact the customer for some final instructions after 4 years only to discover that the customer had passed away.Since the original owner listed no next of kin in his bio-data form,my proposition is this,I will prepare documents to place you as the closest surviving relation. I have a legal and totally risk free means through which the funds can be released to you or your designated bank account within a very short time after due documentation and authentication process.If you find yourself able to work with me,contact me through this email account:

I expect your response

Mrs.Wan Yonghong

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