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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: "Rev Mc-Cheady Chang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:42:57 +0800

>From Rev Mc-Cheady ChangWESTERN

My Name is Rev Mc-Cheady Chang I am from
Republic of Mauritius I leave and work in UK. I work with
Western Associated Bank at their offshore department London
UK. I will be happy to work this deal out with you if you
have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are
capable to keep TOP SECRET and handle huge amount of funds
with legal back up documents. During one of our periodic
auditing last month (December) I discovered some dormant
accounts with holding balances of Three hundred and Twenty
million US Dollars, Sometimes a person will open a bank
account, deposit money, and then disappear into the tin air.
Banks are not always able to find out what has become of
these silent customers, or to know whether they should
follow up on requests from people who claim to be heirs to
the accounts. The main problem is that the customer resides
abroad and, due to bank secrecy,

the bank cannot publish notices in the international press to locate the
depositories. This has led the majority of Swiss banks to
refrain from opening small-deposit accounts for foreign
customers. The Reason I am contacting you today is because
one of the dormant accounts with 200 millions dollars have
the same last name as yours, and this will make it very easy
for documentation and approval,

do not be worried as I will be in control of the whole documents. It
has happened in
the past, however, that customers pass away and their heirs
can neither prove the death,

nor their heirship. This was afrequent occurrence during the wartime
periods, and the
banks have now set up a simple, rapid resolution procedure
operating to their customers¡¯ advantage. Dormant assets
are defined as any assets deposited with a bank (i.e. an
account, a custody account or a safety-deposit box) for
which there has been no contact with the customer in the
bank¡¯s files for the last ten years or more.If you believe
you have claim to a Swiss bank account for which the holder
(e.g. an ancestor) has not been in contact with the bank forover ten years,

there is a fairly simple procedure to
follow, depending on the date the account was opened this
account has not been operated for the past years. As at this
moment, I am constrained to issue moredetails about this
business until your response is received. If you are not
familiar with Swiss Dormant Accounts and profile,

pleasetake a moment of your very busy schedules to read aboutSwiss dormant
accounts:website; If
you know that you are capable to handle large or small
amount on trust and can keep secret and ready to take 40% of
any amount I transfer to your account from the dormant
accounts and I will take 60%, send your account
information¡¯s by return mail. Tell me more about yourself,

while I look forward to receive the above information.
Please you can write me to my most private email address
want to re-assure you that this business is risk free and
you can send an empty account to receive the funds,

providedthat the account is capable to receive incoming funds. Send
your private mobile phone number where I can reach you now.
and let me hear from you. Thank you for your time and
Rev Mc-Cheady Chang

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