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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MR. LANG YANG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 22:14:28 +0800

For Your Attention

I humbly apologize with every due respect for any embarrassment my action in
contacting you might cause you. Considering the fact that we do not know each
other before. This is because of this ample opportunity before me to which I
will never want us to lose. But for the fact that I cannot do it alone, I
therefore wish to contact you for it. My name is (Mr. Lang Yang) a citizen of
this country (Peoples Republic Of China). I am divorced with children. I secured a job in a
bank here after my graduation as a secretary to the chief accountant
controlling international remittance funds and all foreign account departments.
I was inspired to contact you purely on business deal in relation to this
development that came up at the bank where I am working. On an emergency
executive board meeting been summoned and presided over by the bank's chairman
on Friday the 11th of February 2011, in which I was opportuned to be present at
the meeting. It was revealed as a top agenda for the meeting that there was
this customer to the bank whose name was, Dr. Yasser Taymullah Muwaffaq, from
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This man deposited the sum of $45,000,000.00
(Forty Five Million United States Dollars Only) in a domicilliary account with the
Bank where I am working presently on Wednesday the 31st of March 2004.
Unfortunately, in 2005, he died in plane crash on his way to their Muslim feast
in his country alongside with his entire immediate family of wife and two

However, ever since the incident, nobody has come up or applied as the next of
kin or relation to the deceased as to claim back the money. To this effect
therefore, the bank has reached an agreement that if by Thursday the 31st of
March 2011, nobody comes up or applies as the deceased next of kin or relation,
the fund would be confiscated into the banks treasury as an unclaimed asset as
it is the bank's standard that on cases of this nature, where the fund remains
unclaimed for 7 years, then it will automatically becomes an inverted asset
/unclaimed bill. I want you to see this as the most beautiful opportunity,
which it is, that has come our way to which I had vowed to utilize wisely by
cooperatively putting hands together with you to beat the bank. On this note
herein I contacts you, to assist me lets claim this money. It is very easy as
nobody can suspect me of aiding such claim, although this is purely bank's deal
and it is 100% risk free provided you will adequately follow up my advice and

instructions because I will be as an insider here to put you through, if only

you can provide a secured and trusted bank account that can accommodate such
amount as stated above when transferred by the bank. The truth is that the
money in question is neither mine nor yours, we are only going to use wisdom to
divert this funds to ourselves. This is basically because the bank is more than
rich and it will be foolishness to allow them convert this funds into the
bank's treasury. I'm going to sacrifice everything humanly possible to ensure
that we claim this fund and I would no doubt expect that you do likewise . As
an insider, I have been able to grab all the necessary information related to
this deal. I will be able to stand by you and furnish you comprehensively, with
all that it will take to make this deal a success.

The depositor was a foreigner and it must take a foreigner to apply as the next
of kin, that is why I am contacting you as a foreigner. After this money is
finally transferred to your account, I will then resign up my appointment with
the bank and come over to your country for disbursement and perhaps reside
there as you may help/direct me. The offer for assistance will be 50% for me,
45% for you and the balance 5% for any miscellaneous expenses that will be
incurred in this deal. Ofcourse there shall be minor inevitable expenses no
doubt in this very deal before it can be archived successfully, therefore you
must be financially independent before you can respond to this mail.
Invariably, you must be ready to share the expenses with me equitably. In a
nutshell, whatever be the expenses will be taken care of, by both of us
amicably, but if you are not comfortable with this terms, do not bother to
respond atal and after 5 days if I don't hear from you, I will assume, you have
declined, therefore I shall seek for an alternative. Furthermost, you must be
capable to receive such amount of money as mentioned above in your bank account
without much questioning and interrogations from your bank or the authority. On
your response to this my appeal, I will be able to acquaint you with further
steps towards achieving this deal as quickly as possible. Do respond to me
immediately. Remember this deal is between you & me only, therefore no third
party should hear about this, no matter who. Bear in mind that we have only but
a limited time to get this deal accomplished. No room for delays. Children's
food should not be thrown to the dogs. Like I said if you are not ready to
adequately follow it up as stated herein, pls do not bother to respond atal,
because I will not entertain any sort of disappointment thereafter. But if you
are willing, capable and prepared to comply accordingly then respond as quickly
as possible. Thanks for your understanding.

Sincerely yours
Mr. Lang Yang.
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