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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: Global Services Plus Pte Ltd <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:13:04 -0700
Subject: Contact Mr. P. Wong

Please contact Peter Wong on Email: for detailed information on
funds transfer to you based on your surname, reconfirm your full


I'm hoping this message finds you well.

I am Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, The Hong
Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

First, I must insist on your confidence in this transaction I am
about to propose to you. I got in touch with you regarding the
estate of Nathaniel Silvia and an investment placed under our
banks management 10 years ago. I got your contact details from
the International Chambers of Commerce.

I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this
message confidential and respect the integrity of the information
you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently
and no one is informed of this communication.

In 2006, the subject matter, came to our bank to engage in
business discussions with our private banking division. He
informed us that he had a financial portfolio of £79,602,000
Great British Pound, which he wished to have us invest on his
behalf. Based on my advice, we spun the money around various
opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of
operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at
over 10 million Great British Pound. In mid-2010, he instructed
that the principal sum (£79,602,000 GBP) be liquidated because he
needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in
Europe. We got in touch with a specialist bank in Italy, FINECO
Bank who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash
available to our client.

Early this year I was contacted by FINECO Bank Plc that this
money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out
that our client was involved in an accident in Mainland China,
which means he died intestate. He has no next of kin and the
reason I am writing you is because you are bearing the same

What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file
as I oversaw the deceased client investment and also, I
personally deposited the lump sum of £79,602,000 GBP with FINECO
Bank, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. You will
have to contact the Bank to claim the funds as soon as the
Attorney in charge of this transaction finalize the processing of
the Legal documents.

When the Bank receives the documents, they will verify the Legal
Documents, after which they will process the release of your
inherited funds to you without further delays. You do not have to
know the deceased, I know this might be a bit heavy for you but
please trust me on this. For all your troubles I propose that we
split the money 45% for you and 55% for me. In the banking circle
this happens every time. The other option is that the money will
revert back to the state. Nobody is getting hurt, this is a
lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the KEY to these funds, in my
line of occupation i see so much cash and funds being re-assigned
daily. I would want us to keep communications strictly via email
for now to ensure absolute confidentiality until all legalities
have been perfected.

Please, again, note I am a family man, I am happily married with
2 kids, I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to
the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is
nothing gained, and that success and riches never come easy or on
a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my
private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can
be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Get back to me
immediately if you want us to proceed with the completion of this

Yours Truly,

Peter Wong.

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