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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 Wong Peter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:44:41 +0200
Subject: Mr Wong Peter

My dear friend and partner,

Thank you for considering my proposal. I contacted them about a deceased client Mr. Hamadi Hashem (An Iraqi oil merchant), and it is an investment in our banks management.

In June 2001, Mr. Hamadi Hashem came to our bank, in business discussions with our private banking and commitment invested 18.3 million U.S. dollars. As an officer of his transaction, I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in my advice to customers is to start by assessing data on 600 traditional stocks and bond markets managers and 300 managers of alternative investments. Based on my advice, we were able to rotate the initial deposit with profit and interest to 22.5 million U.S. dollars.

Upon maturity several notice to him, even during the war (U.S. and Iraqi war), Ten years ago (2003). Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. After several studies, I received information that Mr. Hamadi Hashem and his family had been killed during the war in a bomb that hit his home in Mukaradeeb.

Due to the sensitive nature of private banking customers want the most do not leave marks and rarely do they nominate next of kin. Wants private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in most cases leave in our care, in this case, our now deceased client died in-certificate.

It is quite clear now that our dear customers died with no known or identifiable family member. After practice, the private banking sector by the end of this year broadcast a request for a declaration of entitlement to Seng Bank Ltd. slope, failing to get viable claims, they will probably return the deposit to Management of Hang Seng Bank Ltd. This result in money in the Hang Seng accounting and the portfolio is out of my hands and out of the private banking sector. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country after the expiration of Ten {10} year, the funds in the possession of the government of Hong Kong will be returned if no one applies for the funds.

What I want to smack you will reflect off unethical practices, but I want you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is full of huge rewards for those who sit upon certain chairs and oversee certain portfolios.

What I'm saying basically is that U.S. $ 22,500,000.00 deposit just lying unclaimed. And all investigation by the bank a next of kin identified come to an end without success.

Well, I'm ready. The information needed to provide you as the next surviving ratio I also imagine that after successful execution of the business, which means the ratio 30/70 will be paid. 30% of the funds you will be with yourself as the next of kin and a foreign account for safe transfer of funds and 70% to go for me. Please let me know. In your next correspondence if the above sharing ratio is okay by you

Once again, I ask that if you have no interest in this project that you ignore this mail and forget I ever contacted you, I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive, not destroy my career. Such opportunities only come ones way once in a lifetime. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. I have the risks and the only risk I refuse to here from you to work with me and alerting my bank evaluated. If you give me positive signals, I will give you the relevant modus operandi to initiate this process to a conclusion. Not betray my trust. I await your reply.


Mr. Peter Wong

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