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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: "Mrs. Wang Yu." <>
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:25:10 -0700

Goodday Sir/Madam,

Good Day, Thanks for given me the chance to communicate with you through email, for me this is best because this project content alot of details and i would like you take little time to read this business proposal carefully..First let me introduce myself..My name is Mrs.Wang Yujuan and I am a staff of Bank of China, here in China attached to Private Banking Services, I am contacting you concerning a customer and an investment placed under our banks management; as a matter of fact it was roughly 5 years ago. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously and all I want is a honest business transaction with you.

At the very beginning of 2010, a businessman came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our Private Banking Services Department. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of $20 Million United States Dollars, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case; I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank.

Unfortunately, in the year 2011, my client and his entire family was involved in a plane crash and they all lost their lives. Since his death I have made several inquiries to USA embassy to locate any of his extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. Then my bank has launched an investigations also into possible surviving relatives or friends but came out unseccessful too.After these several unsuccessful attempts i decided look for a next of kin that can stand in and claim this money. you being in another country and most important thing you being a stranger...i think you will fit as a potential benefactor of this funds even if you are in no way affiliated with this individual (the deceased).

My official capacity dictates that I am the only party to supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the results of the investigation. What this means, with you being in another country, I have considered the fact that our dear late fellow died with no identifiable family member. This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to normal practice, after all investigation has been done and there is no one to come forward and make claimed, the funds will be left dormant and as a result of the protracted inactivity of the portfolio account, and by the end of this current financial year a broadcast request is been made for statements of claims to our bank by the Chinese government, This will result in the money entering the Chinese government treasury. This will not happen if I have my way.

On this moment there is US$27,712,068.00 deposited, I alone have the deposit details and my bank will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position whereby an instruction is given to officially release the deposit to you as the closest surviving associate, and all etiquette shall be done in accordance with the rule of banking law, This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help re-validated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim you make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, We shall share the money 50%/50%.

If you find yourself interested to work with me, please do respond to my email, then I will initiate this process towards a quick conclusion, i send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences might be, 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 I shall have the pleasure of meeting you, after this task has been completed.

I await your response with interest, to enable us proceed with the project.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Wang Yu.

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