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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: "David Wei" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:33:09 +0800
Subject: Invest/Manage

Dear Prospective Partner,

I am writing to you on behalf of Mr Hosni Mubarak. My name is Mr. David
Wei and I am a top management executive here at the Bank of China, United
Kingdom. Our bank website is

My friend Mr Hosni Mubarak, has presented a subtle offer which will need
the help of a partner like you to complete successfully.

Mr Hosni Mubarak is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate
certain sums of money out of the Bank of China in Beijing, China. More so,
this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr Hosni Mubarak.

The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity. Your
role will be to:

[1]. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
[2]. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
[3]. Invest/Manage the funds outside of China.
[4]. Value of funds: $47 Million US Dollars.

Everything will be done legally to ensure the rights to the funds are
transferred to you.

If you agree to partner with Mr Hosni Mubarak, he will compensate you with 20% of
the total sum. Should you prefer I re-contact you with more express facts,
you can send me your:

[1] Official Full Names:
[2] Company or Personal profile:
[3] Daytime Telephone No:

For Mr Hosni Mubaraks current profile visit this site:

Kindly ensure to reply me via my private and confidential email address:
further details, terms and agreement.
Mr. David Wei

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