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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. LEON YUNG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:24:42 +0800

Asia Foreign Contractors Settlement Centre
Peoples Republic of China.

Attention: Sir/Madam,

I feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition having
through your remarkable profile on the internet and as one of the leading
oriented companies which I intend investing part of my money into any
business you will introduce.

Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach
through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured
of communication.However,this Correspondence is unofficial and private,
and it
should be treated as such. Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you
this letter is not a hoax or Scam mail and I urge you to treat it with the
seriousness it deserves. I also guarantee you that this business is hitch
from all what you may think of.

I am Mr. Leon Yung, 42yrs, male, 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
deal with you as regards to this unpaid funds as I have the file before me
all datas 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
List of payment reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues
before the
end of next week.
My Conditions:

1) After the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as
beneficiary, I will personally endorse your file here in my desk and the
sum of $10.5million USD will be insured and deposited with a bank here in
China who
will then contact you and forward to you an procedure of account details
setup in
your favor and once you receive the online email account details from the
bank here in
China, you will immediately to the online account with the details
forwarded to you and personally make a direct transfer from the account to
any choice
of account in your country and once you confirm the transfer, I will then
down to your country for my share and your advise on how I can invest into
line of business. It's 50/50% percentage share

2) This business must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will
strictly by email and telephone for security purposes no fax messaging
please my private contact e-mail;

3) There should be no third parties as most problem associated with
foreign fund
release are caused by agents or representatives.If you AGREE with my
I want you to send your details,


where I can call you and discuss in details and the business
will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the
Payment list
instantly before the end of next week. I hope you do not reject this offer
and have your
funds transferred. Waiting for your reply soon.

Your's Faithfully,

Mr. Leon Yung.
Audit Manager.
Contact Email;

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