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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: "Confidential and Private Approach" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 08:39:22 +0800
Subject: Confidential and Private Approach

Asia Foreign Contractors Settlement Centre
Peoples Republic of China

Confidential and Private Approach


I fill quite safe introducing this confidential proposal to you. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communications. However, this Correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated as such. In confident, treats this with every seriousness it deserves.

I am Frank Jiang, 57years male married and the Audit Manager Asia Foreign Contractor's Settlement Centre China Branch. My office monitors and controls all foreign contract settlement here in Hubei Province of China. I am the final signatory to every payment files for the remittance of huge funds moving within both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim settlement. I have before me list of payment files, which have been identified either as an over-invoiced sum or ghost file. On this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to this unpaid funds as I have the file before me and all data¡¯s are correct and it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Chinese Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed entitlements, I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions received two days ago from the Inland Revenue Board to submit the List of payment reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues bef
ore the end of next week.

My Conditions:

1).After processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the beneficiary, I will personally endorse your file here in my desk and the sum of $7.5million will be insured and deposited with a bank here in China who will then contact you for onward transfer of the fund into your chosen Bank account in your favor.

As soon as the transfer is made and confirm in your Bank Account, I will then fly down to your Country for my share and your advice on how I can invest it possibly on your line of business.
2). This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email and telephone for security purposes no fax messaging please.
3). There should be no third parties as most problem associated with foreign fund release are caused by agents or representatives.

Finally, if you AGREE with my conditions, I want you to send to me now your FULL NAME, ADDRESS and a DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER where I can call you and discuss in details how we can share the percentage, before the deal will commence without delay.

In anticipation, I wait for your immediate response.

Yours Faithfully,
Frank Jiang
Audit Manager

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