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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: "Hou Wey Fook" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:05:12 -0700
Subject: Exclusive Interest and Opportunity LWZCDTJDXF

Good day,                                                                                                                                                                         
Following the mailed out letter I sent through a colleague, I write again to inform you of a possible relative of yours or maybe not by the name Alfred, who died intestate, and left behind a sizeable estate to be claimed, and if not accessed, it reverts to the government / corrupt officials within a period of 6 months from now.
My name is Hou Wey Fook, Vice President Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank AG, Sanno Park Tower 2-11-1 Nagatacho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
I would like to draw your attention to this proposal I instinctively think will be of interest to you in light of the increased prospective opportunities and returns it could provide for us.  This is as regards a client of our bank (Deceased), who shares a similar surname and lived in Europe most of his life, an ardent believer in the stonewall society. Let me know if you know anyone in your Family that fits the description, although our extensive search has not yielded any promising results so far, my thought is not to let this once in a life time opportunity pass by.
Firstly, let me express my sincere wish to keep this correspondence with you confidential, as it may smack of unethical practice and of course give a negative exposure if I am not able to paint a clear picture. At the same time introduce myself and the proposal explicity. Prior to occupying the position as Deutsche Bank AG’s Wealth Management Vice-President, I served at J.P Morgan Asset Management Tokyo Office. I also had the unique privilege of building solid business relationships with various clients, including a gentle man Mr Alfred.
Like most clients of mine Mr.Alred presented a Fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) investment portfolio which in return, led to a profit of two million, three hundred and seventy thousand dollars ($2,370,000). This was as a result of investing in security futures, bonds, Investment funds and various stocks. In August 2009 he had requested for the liquidation of certain funds in order to be reinvested in the growing economy of Western Europe. The funds were deposited at Allied Asset Management, a holding company purchased by Deutsche Bank from J.P Morgan.
Unfortunately, after months trying to reach him, we were informed by his then significant other of his passing away in November 2009. As due procedure, Allied Asset Management Company was contacted informing them of the inactivity of his portfolio. After years of constant searching to no avail, we are pleased to have been able to reach you as the “closest or distant relation’.
I am proposing to make you the sole benefactor seamlessly, you would have vital keys in instructing Allied Asset Management Company towards the releasing of funds. The funds should be released to you within 7 business days but not later than 10 days.
However, He had expressed an interest on payments previously, which compels me to propose on the remittance of the funds. 30% would be given to the next of kin/benefactor, which is you, another 30% would be donated to the Stone Wall Society, while the 40% coming to me would be used to reimburse expenses and reinvested into real estate in Southern Florida due to rapid growth of the market in past 15 years, as I have been reliably informed.
Do not hesitate to send your inquiries to me, which should be on my personal email, so we can fine tune the discussions over a telephone conversation  bearing in mind the prospects of this transaction, and a way to execute it at 100% risk free to us.
Best Regards,
Hou Wey Fook
Sanno Park Tower 2-11-1 Nagatacho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
100-6171 JAPAN

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