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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: "Chan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:37:08 +0700


I am Mr.Chan Kong,an account manager in FTB Bank Cambodia.I have a business proposal for you, it involves huge sum of money and I need to transfer this money into a foreign account,and i want you to help receive this money into your account as the beneficiary of the money. I will also need your utmost trust and cooperation, if you will accept this proposition with great sense of humility.

All confirm-able documents to back up the claims will and every other details of the deal will be made available to you prior to your acceptance and as soon as I receive your return mail,I will let you know what is required of you. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Best Regards,

Mr.Chan Kong

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