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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: "KENNETH CHONG" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 13:22:39 +0800
I am KENNETH CHONG KHENG AIK, attorney at law with many years of practice. I was an attorney to a late client of mine who died in Malaysia of a heart related condition in 2008. My reason of sending you this email is to help secure the funds left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Holding Institution where this fund valued at 8.6m usd was deposited.
Since you do have the same last name with my deceased client, I would want to present you as the legitimate Close Relative with all legal documents required backing the claim up. The holding Institution has issued me a notice to contact the Close Relative, or the account will be confiscated, and so far, all my efforts to get hold of someone related to this man have proved abortive.
This is my proposition; I am asking for your consent to present you to the holding Institution as the Close Relative of my deceased client, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. I do have a good standing in Malaysia, it is my assurance that this proposition will be successful and that I will make sure that the proposition is done within the applicable laws to guarantee full legitimacy.
All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's Close Relative will be provided by me. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. However, if this proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology.
Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. Do understand that this proposition does require utmost confidence and you should keep this mail to yourself not withstanding if you are rejecting the transaction or accepting it. Note that I reserve the right to reject your acceptance of this proposal if I have reasons to believe that you may not be honest or discreet as it concerns this proposition. Further details will be giving as soon as your interest is indicated.
Cheang & Ariff.