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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. Zhang Wei." <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:43:48 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS.

Dear Sir/ Ma,

My name is Mr. Zhang Wei, Please forgive me for stressing you with my
predicaments and I'm sorry to approach you through this medium because
it is serving the fastest means of communication. I came across your
Email from my personal search and I decided to contact you believing
you will be honest to fulfill my business proposal which I believe
will be a very good opportunity for both of Us. I seek your
cooperation as my foreign partner and your assistance to enable us to
own properties and invest in the economy of your country, I apologize
if this letter does not suit your personal or business ethics. I work
as a Foreign Operations Manager with a reputable bank here. I am
making this venture proposal to you in strict confidence, although the
world is a very small place and a hard place to meet people because
you don't know who to trust or believe, but as I have developed the
trust in you I made up my mind to confide this confidential business
suggestion to you.

Our late foreign customer Mr. Wilfred who was a contractor for many
years with Petronas Oil and Gas Company in Thailand. Mr. Wilfred is a
well known philanthropist who died in the Air India plane that crashed
on May 22, 2010. Air India Express 737-800 Crashes in Mangalore India
22 May 2010; Air India Express; 737-800; flight 812; Mangalore, India
: The aircraft (VT-AXV) was on a scheduled. The flight Took off from
Dubai to Mangalore India and had a problem while landing on the runway
causing the flight to crash and kill about 158 people including Mr.

There were no beneficiaries stated concerning these funds. Therefore,
your request as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the claim and
release of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the
Foreign Business Partner to the deceased. The bank is anxious now to
know who the beneficiary to the funds is because they have made a lot
of profits with the funds. It has been more than years now. The ($
8.628million Dollars) has been laying waste in our bank and I don't
want to retire from the bank without transferring the funds to a
foreign account.

The money will be shared 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no one
coming to ask you about the funds because I secured everything. I only
want you to assist me by providing a reliable bank account where the
funds can be transferred. If you are Willing to work with me as a
partner then indicate your interest by contacting me via Email: after that we shall both discuss the modalities
and the sharing percentage. All other information to facilitate the
remittance of the funds will be revealed to you in due course. If you
are not interested, please also indicate so, enable me to contact
other foreign partners who might be interested to work with me kindly
contact me at once.

Thank you and God bless you.

Best Regards.

Mr. Zhang Wei.

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