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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: Al Hajar Ahmad <>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:42:56 -0500
Subject: Reply urgently!

>From the desk of Mr. AL HAJAR BIN AHMAD.
Foreign Remittance Manager.
Hong Leong Bank Malaysia,
Kuala Lumpur,

Dear Sir/Madam

I am the bank office manager at the foreign remittance department of HONG LEONG BANK MALAYSIA.

In one of my late clients account Engineer. Liu from china, a contractor with an oil company in Malaysia (PETRONAS). I discovered an abandoned sum of $15m usd (Fifteen million United States dollars) who died along with his entire family on 8th March 2014. My client was involved in A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was reportedly crashed into the sea off Vietnam with 239 people on board unfortunately he lost his lives in the process of the Air crash .
Since I got information about his death, I have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I need your partnership on the urgent transaction of this $15m (Fifteen million United States dollars). Which can be transferred to your nominated account as soon as possible as the next of kin or relation to the deceased, since nobody is coming for it and all attempt to locate the deceased family by the bank have not been successful. I don’t want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Two years of no incoming or out-going transaction, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.

I agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of an account, 10 % will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60 % would be for me and my colleague. There after I and my colleague would have to meet with you for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.

Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased .Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter VIA my personal Email id:

Note also, this transaction must be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL because of its nature.
For confirmation of this transaction please refer to these sites:

Yours Faithfully


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