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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Ho Ho peng" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:41:13 -0600
Subject: Good Day
I hope that this email finds you in good health? I have read your profile and find it safe in dealing with you, i need your assistance to secure fund and invest in your care as partnership.
Before I explain further on how we are going to actualize this, let me first introduce myself to you. I am Mr Ho Ho peng a Cambodian living in Phnom Penh. I am 47 years old also married to a Cambodian with two children. I presently work as a banker here in Cambodia.
One of our deceased customer in my branch bears the same last name as yours, this late customer died in a car accident with his wife and two children in Cambodia some time in 2004, the deceased account worth of (Eleven million Seven Hundred and Fifty five Thousand US) and has been unclaimed since he died due to unavailability of next of kin/relatives to claim his estate with the bank.
In accordance with the es cheat laws in Cambodia as a kingdom, the Board of Directors of the Bank met forth night ago and resolved to turn the Fund of the deceased customer over to Bank purse after 30 of December 2012 if no one come for this fund because they having waited for too long without the deceased relatives/next of kin come for claims, if this is done invariably the funds will end up to become Bank property and it is as a result of this that I moved to contact you considering the fact that you share the same name with the deceased.
In view of this, am seeking your co-operation and understanding to stand as the deceased next of kin to enable us claim the inheritance before the period given by the bank elapse. All I require is your honest co-operation and I also guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please accept my apologies and keep my confidence. At the end of the transfer you shall have 40% of the total amount in invest 60% for me on your care.
I am assuring you that everything shall be done in accordance passing through all international banking laws, and as a banker I know that if we follow up this transaction diligently it will be completed within 10 working days.
Please allow me to detail for you the complete process that is required in this.
Mr Ho Ho peng.