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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: BOC <>
Date: 27 Jul 2012 13:08:20 +0400
Subject: Reply Asap


Bank of China (Hongkong)

Eastern Commercial Centre,

Wan Chai,

Hong Kong.

Dear Friend,

Firstly i would like to thank you for taking your time to read my email.Before we go fully into this business let me start by introducing myself to you . I am Mr. Sying Huang. Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Mr.Yousef Lazeeez who was with the Iraqi forces and also a businessman made a numbered fixed deposit for 12 calendar months,with a value of Fourty Five Million United State Dollars only into an account with my branch Bank Of China Hongkong. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war.Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that the Mr. Yousef Lazeeez and his family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home.

After further investigation it was also discovered that Mr. Yousef Lazeeez did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paperwork of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank.So, Fourty Five Million United States Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration 7 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Yousef Lazeeez so that you will be able to receive his funds.


I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. My attorney based in the United Kingdom,will be Mandated to prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Mr.Yousef Lazeeez,all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going to adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents and also the entire process will be handle via the clearing house of bank of China,

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the fund have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 50% for me, 50% for you. Should you be interested please get back to me via my attorney in the UK immediately you receive this email and I will prefer you to reach my attorney directly on the email address .which you shall see when you click the reply button,of this message,this is his private email address and finally after that he,(The attorney) shall provide you with more details of this operation.

Note:What i need from you is trust,dedication and Seriousness`this also involve funds due to the large amount Fourty Five Million United States Dollars to transfer the said funds,If you know you do not have this qualities please do disregard this email.But if you feel you can do this with me and create that trust then Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. You will have to contact my attorney who will coordinate the entire process,due to my poor english speaking ability and also for the reason that i wouldn't want my organisation to know that,i am the one facilitating this deal.Please contact my Attorney based in the United Kingdom directly,via his private email address: when you click the reply button,you will see the email address( and his name is Barrister Kelvin Gerald.Please send your reply to the above email address only. The attorney will give you all the details that you need to have and also,he will be the one you will have to work with until success is achieved.

Kind Regards,

Mr. Sying Huang.

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