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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: HUI WENG <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:32:20 +0800 (SGT)

Dear friend,

I am a Bank director with one of the Hong Kong leading bank here in Hong Kong.
An oil business man made a fixed deposit of $24,500.000.00 in my bank branch and he died with his entire family in the war leaving behind no next of kin.

I Propose to present you as next of kin to claim the funds.Get back to me only if interested with below requested details

1. Full name
2: Your private telephone and Fax numbers
3. Occupations and Nationality
4. Date of Birth
5. Present Location
Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible

Wong Hui.

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