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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: ma li <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 00:52:56 -0700
Subject: Urgent and Confidential Business Proposal

Urgent and Confidential Business Proposal

I am Maung Lwin, account supervisor of Sibin Tharyar Yay Bank Ltd in
Myanmar. and for reasons which will become obvious to you as read you
on, I obtained your address particulars from an Internet address
listing. Please exercise some patience and read through my message.

I have very urgent and confidential business proposition for you. On
26th May, 2019 an Oil Consultant/Contractor with the Myanmar
National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ahmed Youseff Mustafa, a national
of Iraq, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for 12 calendar months,
value USD10,000,000.00 in my branch.

On maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address
but got no reply. After a month,we sent a reminder and finally, his
contract employers, the Myanmar National Petroleum Corporation (MYNPC)
wrote to inform us that Mr. A Y Mustafa died from an automobile
crash; that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace
his next of kin through the Iraqi embassy were fruitless. At first I
was surprised that I did not receive much official cooperation in my
inquiries in order to trace his next of kin in Iraq, and inform them
about Mr. Mustafa's deposit of USD10m plus accrued interest.

I therefore made further investigations and discovered that Mr.
Mustafa had actively opposed the Government of President Saddam
Hussein of Iraq, and was consequently driven into exile. Being an Oil
Expert,he subsequently obtained a job with the MYNPC, and settled in
MYANMAR. Thereafter, he walked into my Office to make the
aforementioned deposit of USD10m. He did not declare any kin in his
application paperwork, contrary to laid down procedures, and when I
asked him he informed me that he wished it so. I accepted his
application because banks are conservative and will always honour a
customer wishes, especially high networth customers.

No one knows the source of his money because apparently the time frame
of his employment with the MYNPC does indeed preclude such a large
amount of money. It can be assumed that he brought his money over from
Iraq, but that is open to speculation.

However, the point is that his employers are not aware of this money
and therefore it can be safely assumed that no one will ever come
forward to claim this money. This money total USD10m ( inclusive of
accrued interests) is still sitting in my Bank in the Dormant Account
Portfolio. No one will ever come forward to claim it now, and
according to MYANMAR law, after 3 years, the money will automatically
revert to the Government Treasury if the Account owner is a foreigner,
is certified dead , and there is no valid claim. This indeed, is the

My proposal therefore is that I am looking for a foreigner who will
stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Mustafa. It is not necessary to be
a blood relation to Mr.mustafa, nor have the same name. It is not also
necessary to come from the same Country. I have worked out the
modalities to achieve my aim of appointing a next of kin, and
therefore also by this means transfer this money total USD10m abroad
for us to share.

The method of achieving the objective of transferring this money
abroad is a completely legal and proper way and it is simple. I intend
to use an Attorney (representing you as BENEFICIARY) to execute a
series of affidavits in support of your claim. These will be approved.

The money transfer paperwork itself will include a certificate of
origin so that the receiving bank does not ask questions or refuse the
money as money laundering. Also, the paperwork will include proper
certification that the funds being transferred are from non criminal
sources. In short this wil be a proper and legal money transfer and
there is no risk! I will have to process the initial paperwork to
obtain approval from the Probate Registry ( Ministry of Justice ) to
obtain the Letter of Administration empowering you as Sole
trustee/executor to the Estate of Mr.mustafa.

If you therefore agree to be the official Beneficiary, then please
note that you will not be required to sign any Money Transfer
Documents ( my Attorney will do all (that), you will not be required
to come to MYANMAR.

Only the following is required from you:
(1)Your full names
(2) Your address, phone and fax numbers.

Once you send me the requested information as stated above, I will
initiate the processing of the transfer and in about 3 working days
the money total USD10m will be in your nominated bank account for us
to share.

The ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you.

This transaction is guaranteed to succeed without any problems. If you
agree to assist me by sending me the above requested information, do
write me.

Looking forward to your urgent reply.

Yours truly,

Mr. Maung Lwin

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