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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: "jiang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:15:25 +0200
Subject: Important approach.

Dear Sir
I am J.Y.Ling Director of special projects and corporate services of the operations of CITIC Bank Hong Kong.I have secured business proposal for you.
Before the plane crash of Macedonia,s president and his aids on febuary 26th 2004. Our client Mr D,Ilkovska-Boskovic who was a member of preseident Boris Trajkovski,s cabinet advisers, and also a businesman, made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calender months with a value 106, 000.000.00. EUROS.( One hundred & six million euros)
After futher investigation, it was discovered that Mr D,Ilkovska-Boskovic did not decare any next of kin in his offical documents including peper works of his bank deposit. And he confided in me the last time he was in my office that no one know about his deposit in my bank. So the 106,000,000,00.Euros is still laying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.
What bothers me most is that according to the law of this country, at the expiration of Nine years the funds will be reverted to the ownership of the Hong kong government if no one did not come for the claim.
Against this backdrop, My suggestion to you is that i will like you as a foreigner to stand as a next of kin to Mr D,Ilkovska-Boskovic to be able to claim the fund in question.
I want you to know that i have perfected all arangments to make this deal successful. I have contacted a will and probate attorney that will prepare all the documentation that will prove you as the next of kin and associate to Mr D,Ilkovska-Boskovic. All that is required of you at this stage, is for you to provide to me ,YOUR FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS, So that the attorney will commence his job.
Please note that there is no risk in this transaction as we are going to adopt a legalized method by the attorney.
We will share the fund in th ratio 60% and 40% when the fund gets into your nominated account..
Kindly send to me below information if you are interested through this email address( )

(1)Full Names & Your present address
2)Direct telephone numbers.

Sincerely ,
J ,Y, Ling.

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