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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: "Mr John wong" <>
Date: Thu, 07 May 2020 21:55:28 -0700
Subject: Business Proposal

It's my pleasure to communicate with you here, The internet has made the world very easy to connect and do business anywhere in the world. I would like to introduce myself so that you will be rest assured of whom you are transacting with, i work with the Hang Seng Bank here in Hong Kong, My name is John Wong I am the Senior Director of operations, so due to the urgent issue in my hand, it became necessary for me to seek your assistance.

Before the U.S and Iraqi war our customer who was with the Iraqi forces and also a business man made a numbered of fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of USD$24.5 million dollars only in my bank branch. I later found out that him and his family had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home. After further investigation i discovered that Mr. Fadi Basem did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit at my bank. So $24,500,000,00 USD is lying in my bank and no one will ever come to claim it. My suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Fadi Basem so that you will be able to receive this funds for both of us. we shall share in the ratio of 50% for me, 50% for you. I will contact my attorney to prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin.

I intend to resign immediately this transaction is concluded and invest my part of the money in a lucrative business. I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I am assuring you that this transaction is very legal and all documents to back the transfer would be provided, you don't have any fear about it.

So i am looking for a trustworthy partner who I can trust to stand as the next of kin, let me not fail to tell you that i am 100% sure that you will not regret your involvement in this business. I am a man of little words and my word is my bond. I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this deal, I will give you more details in regards to the whole process as soon as you notify me of your interest.

I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and also respect the integrity of the information. you can contact me on my personala email:

Kind Regards
John Wong

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