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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: Malvin Kaur <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:03:32 +0800
Subject: Re: Your Urgent Attention Is Needed

Dear Sir,

Compliments, my name is Malvin Kaur, I am the group head internal audit of HSBC Holding PLC UK.
There's an account with the sum of £7 Million pounds(GBP) which I discovered during an audit review that has been dormant for a long time and I have made all the necessary investigation about the account and found out that nobody has interest in the account and the money. This account belongs to a Taiwanese business man who died in Chinese Airlines flight 611 in 2002. He had neither a legal will nor a surviving next of kin. I need your co-operation as a foreigner to stand in as the deceased business partner to claim the money through my guideance under a 50% 50% sharing arrengment. Contact me immediately if you are interested.
Please note that this is not an official transaction, therefore all communications will be private, as such I will request you reply me through my private email address:

To know about the plane crash, you can read it on:
And to know more about my position, login to:

I will be waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Sincerely,

Malvin Kaur.

HSBC Holding Plc
Tel: +447053835627

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