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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: "LAU Ming-wai" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 23:41:33 +0100

Dear CEO,
I write to you based on a request by an investor and her need for investment/funding a very large fund about $75 Million & $200 Million total $275 Million in your country.  My name is LAU Ming-wai Deputy Chairman - Tai Po Investment Group Hong Kong also a Hong Kong Citizen, and currently  working  with a reputable financial services.
My company most times represents the interests of very wealthy investors. Due to the sensitivity of the position they hold in their society and the unstable investment environment of their country, they evacuate majority of their funds into more stable economies and developed nations where they can get good yield for their money.
I was recently approached by a Reserved Client, whom I had personally worked with a few years ago with a proposal. What she request a better  company, who will be willing to receive $75 Million & $200 Million total $275 Million on her behalf abroad, and put it to good use for a period not exceeding 10 to 20 years, for a start.
The client has offered these terms:
1). 10% commission paid to me and my foreign partner of the total funds successfully evacuated. The funds in question are $75 Million & $200 Million total $275 Million. if successfully invested this fund, extra $2.9 Billion will be also be available for  future investment.
2)The funds will be used by the foreign partner for Ten to Twenty  years as a loan without any interest. That is, you do not pay any interest on the money but you give the client 50% of all profits after reducing the tax that accrued from the use of the funds.
If these terms are agreeable to you, kindly let me know and I will provide you with all necessary information and procedures involved. Please provide me with your phone number, and I will give you a call whenever you want and explain to you in full details or call me on.
LAU Ming-wai
Deputy Chairman- Tai Po Investment Group

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