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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. JENRRY NTAI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:14:23 +0800

Dear Friend,

This is a confidential and highly sensitive deal that requires a high level of committment, your interest this transaction will be appreciated &rewareded accordingly. I want you to know that this is very much real and genuine. You have nothing to worry about for i have put all necessary modalities that will ensure the success of this transaction. For legitimacy sake,i have even arranged for the service of a professional attorney who will make sure this transation is legally carried out putting you as the legal beneficial next of kin to my client General Rafael Eitan. All you just need to do is to indicate your interest follow my instruction so that this transaction can be carried out.
Let me start by introducing myself. I am MR. JERRY NTAI, Head of Operations in Mevas Bank, Hong Kong. I am married with one child Bao my son, I will send you my family picture for you to see. My address is No. 72 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. i have lived here for the last 13years.
In February 2004 one of our customer General Rafael Eitan who was an Israeli and also a big time businessman, made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only ($2,500,000) in my branch and the interest rate for the 18 calendar months was 12% of his deposit, which now put the entire money at my bank presently to Two Million, Eight hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($2,800,000). This amount was arrived at after the interest was added. Upon maturity several notices was sent to him and no response came from him. We later found out that the General (our customer) died in November 2004. He was found dead in the waters of Ashdod port.
Check the website below for confirmation:
After further investigation it was discovered that General Rafael Eitan did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. So, Two Million, Eight hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($2,800,000) is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come foward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 6 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to General Rafael Eitan so that you will be able to file for claim to receive the funds. You should not have anything to worry about, I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly, it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking, you have my word. Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind you that, it needs your commitment and diligent follow up. If you work seriously, the entire transaction should be over in a couple of weeks all things being equal.
This project is highly capital intensive, this is why I have to be very careful. I need your total devotion and trust to see this through. I know we have not met before, but I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project.As part of the modalities/plans on ground to ensure a hitch free transaction,I am already in contact with a foreigncorresponding online bank; I intend that you open an account in your name in this foreign bank. The money would be transferred in your name to the account which you will open in the bank for both of us, this is the best way, I have found, it will protect us from my bank. The reason why I want you to set up a new account in this bank for the transfer is because the bank is our corresponding bank and it has the same telex type with my bank; it will make the transfer be seen as in-house transfer and protect us from the attention of any monetary bodies or raise any red flag. I want us t!
o enjoy this money in peace when w
So you should listen to my instructions and follow them religiously. Also you have to know that I cannot transfer this money in my name as my bank will be aware that it is from me, this is where I need you. I will obtain a certificate of deposit from this my bank, it will be issued in your name, and this will make you the bonafide beneficial owner of the funds. After this, the money will be banked online in the Online Bank that you will open an account. We can then instruct the bank to transfer our various shares into our respective home bank accounts. I will also perfect the documentations with the assistance of an attorney to give the transaction the legal right.Before I commence,I will need you to indicate your willingness and hence send me the following ntyinformation:

(1)Full Names:
(2)Private Phone Number:
(3)Current Residential Address:
(5)Date Of Birth:

I want to be sure that I am transacting with the correct person to avoid any form of impersonation. As soon as I get these from you, I will commence the paper work. I hope you will understand why I need all these, the money in question is big and I want to ensure that I know you well and avoid future impersonation by some one else before I proceed to give you all the details to commence the project. I will send you the certificate of deposit that was issued to General Rafael Eitan as at when the money was deposited. I will also send the name and contact details of the offshore bank so that you can commence communication with them after i have received your information and identification. my Work Identification will be attached along side with this email for your identification purpose.
Ensure that you keep this project confidential; do not discuss it with anybody, because of the confidential nature of this transaction and my work.
Please note that on your receiving of the funds we will share 60% for me and 40% for you. I have also attached my work ID for authentication of my personality.

I am awaiting your quick response and identifications.
Mr. Jerry Ntai.
head of operation

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