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The Classic Nigerian 419 Scam

PLEASE NOTE: The persons, companies or organisations mentioned in the example(s) below are not responsible for these e-mail scams. Organisations and individuals, pretending to act on behalf of these institutions/persons, initiate these scams and abuse the reputable names of these well-known institutions/persons, to add a false sense of security to these fraudulent e-mails. Also note that some scammers act on behalf of certain organisations that do not even exist.

Date: 06 October 2006
Subject: Kind Regards

tel/fax: [DELETED]

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. [DELETED]  Chief Executive Officer of the [DELETED] Bank Ltd.

Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client a business man made a numbered fixed deposit of (167,211,702.56 HKD) for 18 calendar months, this is valued to Twenty One million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him,even during the war, three years ago (2003). Again after the war another notification was sent
and still no response came from him. We later found out that [DELETED] and his family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was.

After further investigation it was also discovered that [DELETED] did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So,Twenty One million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the
expiration of four years six months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to [DELETED] so that you will be able to receive his funds for our mutual benefit.Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue,Should you be interested please send me your full names and current residential address and I will prefer you to reach me on the email address below.
E-mail: [DELETED] or you can call me directly on Tel:[DELETED] And finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation.Note that this business would follow all the international laws of banking and an attorney would handle all the legal Documentations to ensure that the funds are claimed legally so that we would enjoy our funds in peace when it is finally transferred from my country.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards


Notice the bad spelling and grammatical errors as well as the strange formatting of the e-mail. The Chief Executive Officer of a well-known bank will never spell this bad. A bank will never use a free e-mail account like hotmail to send e-mails to the public, they will use a corporate e-mail address. So by just looking at the origin, spelling and format of the e-mail you can easily tell that it is fraudulent.

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