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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: Peter Wong <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:53:29 +0800
Subject: Partnership


Dear Friend,

I am Peter Wong, a staff member and a Non-Independent Executive Director
with HSBC Bank Malaysia.

I write to seek your consent on the claim of US$M 19.3(Nineteen Million
Three Hundred Thousands)The above amount was left by a deceased client of
HSBC who shares the same last names as yours. Unfortunately he died within
a kin and based on banking rules, I can present you as the next of kin
based on the last name to claim the funds.

I will provide more details and legal documents when I receive your reply
indicating your interest and full cooperation.


Peter Wong T

HSBC Malaysia

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