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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Mr=2e_Maung_Lwin?= <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:57:35 +0200
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Urgent_and_Confidential_Business_Proposal?=

Urgent and Confidential Business Proposal

I am Maung Lwin, account supervisor of Sibin Tharyar Yay Bank Ltd in Myanmar. and for reasons which will become obvious to you as read you on, I obtained your address particulars from an Internet address listing. Please exercise some patience and read through my message. THIS IS NOT A SPAM MAIL!

I have very urgent and confidential business proposition for you. On 26th December 2004 an Oil Consultant/Contractor with the Myanmar National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ahmed Youseff Mustafa , a national of Iraq, made a numbered time ( fixed) deposit for 12 calendar months, value USD10,000,000.00 in my branch.

On maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month,we sent a reminder and finally, his contract employers, the Myanmar National Petroleum Corporation ( MYNPC) wrote to inform us that Mr. A Y Mustafa died from an automobile crash; that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin through the Iraqi embassy were fruitless. At first I was surprised that I did not receive much official cooperation in my inquiries in order to trace his next of kin in Iraq, and inform them about Mr. Mustafa's deposit of USD10m plus accrued interest.

I therefore made further investigations and discovered that Mr. Mustafa had actively opposed the Government of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, and was consequently driven into exile. Being an Oil Expert,he subsequently obtained a job with the MYNPC, and settled in MYANMAR. Thereafter, he walked into my Office to make the aforementioned deposit of USD10m. He did not declare any kin in his application paperwork, contrary to laid down procedures, and when I asked him he informed me that he wished it so. I accepted his application because banks are conservative and will always honour a customer wishes, especially high networth customers.

No one knows the source of his money because apparently the time frame of his employment with the MYNPC does indeed preclude such a large amount of money. It can be assumed that he brought his money over from Iraq, but that is open to speculation.

However, the point is that his employers are not aware of this money and therefore it can be safely assumed that no one will ever come forward to claim this money. This money total USD10m ( inclusive of accrued interests) is still sitting in my Bank in the Dormant Account Portfolio. No one will ever come forward to claim it now, and according to MYANMAR law, after 5 years, the money will automatically revert to the Government Treasury if the Account owner is a foreigner, is certified dead , and there is no valid claim. This indeed, is the situation.

My proposal therefore is that I am looking for a foreigner who will stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Mustafa. It is not necessary to be a blood relation to Mr.mustafa, nor have the same name. It is not also necessary to come from the same Country. I have worked out the modalities to achieve my aim of appointing a next of kin, and therefore also by this means transfer this money total USD10m abroad for us to share.

The method of achieving the objective of transferring this money abroad is a completely legal and proper way and it is simple. I intend to use an Attorney (representing you as BENEFICIARY) to execute a series of affidavits in support of your claim. These will be approved.

The money transfer paperwork itself will include a certificate of origin so that the receiving bank does not ask questions or refuse the money as money laundering. Also, the paperwork will include proper certification that the funds being transferred are from non criminal sources. In short this wil be a proper and legal money transfer and there is no risk! I will have to process the initial paperwork to obtain approval from the Probate Registry ( Ministry of Justice ) to obtain the Letter of Administration empowering you as Sole trustee/executor to the Estate of Mr.mustafa.

If you therefore agree to be the official Beneficiary, then please note that you will not be required to sign any Money Transfer Documents ( my Attorney will do all (that), you will not be required to come to MYANMAR.

Only the following is required from you:
(1)Your full names
(2) Your address, phone and fax numbers.

Once you send me the requested information as stated above, I will initiate the processing of the transfer and in about 3 working days the money total USD10m will be in your nominated bank account for us to share.

the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you.

This transaction is guaranteed to succeed without any problems. If you agree to assist me by sending me the above requested information, do write me through my alternative email address:

Looking forward to your urgent reply.

Yours truly,

Mr. Maung Lwin

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