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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 joanna Cheng hu <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:06:52 +0700
Subject: very good

Dear Good Friend,

Is my humble pleasure to write to you, and to ask you, of your health and
that of your business and your family in particular. I will be please if
you will act upon this mail, in as much i have no previous dealings with
you, but be rest assured that my contact to you will bring joy and
happiness to the whole family, as a woman also a banker real and genuine to
have you on this business investment proposal, i have set before you, as my
trusted foreign partner and friend.

I am Mrs Joanna Cheng-hu base in south east Asia, an account officer to Mr.
Yoshiko Mikoyan, who was nationalized in the United state of America and
the late Mr.Yoshiko Mikoyan was a Japaneses self -made billionaire and
business tycoon.

The late Mr. Yoshiko Mikoyan deposited Twenty Eight Million Two Hundred
Thousand united state dollars ( $28, 200,000.00 ) as a secret account in
our bank, here in south east Asia for her girl friend who he intended to
get married to [ Mrs Queenie Tara Sihanouk] who also die eight [8] years
ago, in a motor accident. Mrs Queenie Tara Sihanouk was one of the daughter
of a royal ruling class family to late King Sihanouk in south ease Asia.

As an account officer at the said time of this account, i knew of all the
transactions made by late Mr Yoshiko Mikoyan from Japan and U.S A
ACCOUNTS to Mrs Queenie Tara Sihanouk account to our bank, until now that
the account have entered dormant. It is on this note i seek to contact you
VERY URGENT, as i honestly decided to reach you through this mail.

My intention to look for a honest and trusted foreign partner to handle
this project came as a result of the announcement by the Prime Minister
Sam Hun-Sen that all accounts holders from 4years and above as dormant
accounts , all such fund should be transfer with immediate effect into the
government account, and will be used for developing agriculture and
community project in the state.

Both of us will share the percentage as 60% to me and 40% to you either of
the fund or investment. I am open to negotiate your percentage.Your utmost
attention and sincerity is needed, i will detail to more on this project as
i received you intent consideration to work with me.

Waiting for your response.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Cheng-Hu Joanna

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