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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: Cheung Pui <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:03:57 +0100
Subject: Can you be trusted ?

Good Day

My sincere greetings to you. My name is Mr. Cheung Pui, director of
operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd,Sai Wan Ho Branch in Hong Kong I have
a business proposal for you.

A client of my bank, Major Fadi Basem who was with the Iraqi forces and
also businessman made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months,with
a value of Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars
only in my branch. This fixed deposit was made before the US and Iraqi war.
Upon maturity several notices was sent to him. Again, after the war another
notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found
out that the Major and his family had been killed during the war in bomb
blast that hit their home.

Upon further investigation it was also discovered that Major Fadi Basem did
not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work
of his bank deposit.And he also confided in me the last time he was at my
office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank.So,Twenty Four
million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my
bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.Against this backdrop,
my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the
next of kin to Major Fadi Basem so that you will be able to receive his

There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going adopt a
legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents.
Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this
issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account
we shall share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you, and 5% for any
expenses incurred during the course of the operation.

Should you be interested please send me your full names and current
residential address and I will prefer you to reach me on the email address:

Yours Faithfully,

Cheung Pui

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