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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: "MR. KENNETH SING YIP NG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:43:23 +0200

Mr. Kenneth Sing Yip NG
(Director & Senior Executive Officer)
Hang Seng Bank Limited
83 Des Voeux Road, Central
Hong Kong SAR
FAX NO: + 852-3017-6738



It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me, Please forgive this unusual manner to contact you, but this particular letter/email is of exceptional and very private in nature, by virtue of my vantage position in Hang Seng Bank Ltd -Hong Kong I have a lucrative
business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly understood, but it is my duty to write and reach out to you, TRUSTING that you will give this proposal a positive consideration. I am Mr. Kenneth Sing NG Yip from Hong Kong, 55 years old and happily
married with grown-up children, and I am a Director and a Senior Executive Officer of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, in charge of the International Remittance Department. I will need you to assist me in executing a business project from our bank worth US$22.5 Million. These funds were deposited with our bank by a
customer of our bank who is a none- national of our country, who unfortunately died in the December The deceased account has been declared dormant since 2010 and these funds will be confiscated/declared unserviceable and turned over to the Hong Kong government if the deceased business associates or Next-of-Kin did not claim this money; since all efforts to trace any living relative of the deceased proved abortive we have decided that I will have you claim this money as the deceased business associate/or Next-of-Kin, since you are from the same country and perhaps have some similarities in certain areas. Everything concerning this transaction shall be LEGALLY done with
out hitch, as I was the deceased

Once the funds have been successfully transferred into your account, we shall share it in a ratio of 30% for you, 60% for me and my associates in the bank and the reminder 10% to take care of contingencies. I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below:, and finally after that I shall furnish you with more information about this operation. I am counting on your anticipated co-operation for a successful and hitch free business transaction between us, that will be mutually beneficial, for a start, oblige me these information:-1.Your Full name{s}:-2. Current contact address:-3.Your presents Occupation:-4. Your age:-5.Contact phone numbers {Office and Mobile {cell}:-Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hurt me because I am putting my career and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing
Ventured is nothing gained, as it is said, the taste of the pudding is in the
Eating, do give this proposal SERIOUS AND POSITIVE CONSIDERATION. Your earliest
Response to this letter will be highly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Mr. Mr. Kenneth NG Sing Yip
Hang Seng Bank Limited
Hong Kong. (Asia)

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