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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: "Jin Chung" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:32:59 -0700
Subject: <B>Dear Partner,</B></DIV>

Jin Chung.
131-133 Johnston Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Reply Email [ ]
Dear Partner,
I am Jin Chung,I am the Internal Auditor of the Wing Hang Bank Ltd Johnston Road Branch 131-133 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. An Iraqi Customer Mr Bashir Al Basaer, a business man made a numbered fixed deposit of(346,736,899.68 HKD) valued to US$45,500,000.00[Forty Five Million, Five Hundred thousand Dollars] Upon maturity, several notices has been sent to him, but no response has come from him.I have personally made several moves to ac-certain whether he was killed during during the war that ravaged his Country Iraq for five years ago (2005).
We got late information few months ago that Mr Bashir Al Basaer and his family had been killed during the war in Gunfire that hit their home where his personal oil well was. After further investigation it was also discovered that Bashir Al Basaer did not declare any Secondary next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit.
The fund deposit is still lying in my bank without any claim. This is the basic reason I am contacting you to act as the next of Kin to claim the fund. By your acceptance to this request, will give us good opportunity to transfer the fund to your Bank Account in your country immediately. If this request is acceptably to you, please you forward these information to me.
YOUR NAME IN FULL DETAIL:====================================
HOME ADDRESS AND OFFICE:=====================================
BANK DETAIL INFORMATION:=====================================
SCAN COPY ID CARD============================================
COUNTRY AND STATES===========================================
To make this transfer to be possibly urgent, requires your full co-operation, and please note that you will provide an area where we can invest the fund in your Country, which 45% percent of the fund is yours while the balance 55% remain for me.
Reply to my personal mail box: [ ]as soon as you get this mail.
Best Regard
Jin Chung

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