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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: Mr Soeung Kheng <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:14:21 +0700

Dear Sir,

I gone through your profile and decided to write to you for important
information. I am Soeung Kheng working with a Financial Firm . There is an
unclaimed cash/fund of our deceased customer died on Tsunami, December 26,
2004 at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand no availability of next of kin and
the fund in unclaimed, leaving it free for claiming.
You can read the link to understand me on :

The firm cannot release this fund unless somebody applies for it as next of
kin or relation to the deceased customer as indicated in our financial
guidelines and laws but if nobody applies as next of kin, government will
pocket the money and share it.
I will like to present you as the next of kin to claim the fund for us to
share, before the period given by the Firm elapse and will provide all the
needed information in our office to execute the project. I am assuring you
of a 100% risk free, and shall explain in details when I hear from you or
reply to my mail. If you are interested, please get back to me for further
details. My contact

Best Regard
Soeung Kheng

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