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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: "Mrs. MECHELLE JIANG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:58:16 +0700
Subject: RE hello

Good Day,

My names are Mrs. Michelle K. Jiang C.E.O (Khmer Kitchen Seafood LTD in Cambodia), i am a dying woman of 72years old was diagnosed of cancer 1year 6months ago. i have been touched decide to Will donate USD$15,128.000.00 to you, to start-up organization for helping the less privileged, homeless, and poor people in your community. If you are interested carryout the tasks sincerely kindly contact my Lawyer Mr. Bora Borivath his private-cellphone number: +855974661793 and Email Address:

Please Call him and state my Reference Number: KKS/GEN/VOL.7028 VERY IMPORTANT!!! so that he can make proper arrangement for the $15,128.000.00 USD in my bank account to be release and transferred to you.

Hoping to hear from you and my lawyer;
Thanks and be blessed.

Mrs. Michelle Jiang

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