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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Sok Khavan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:02:04 +0700
Subject: Joint Venture

Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Sok Khavan, I am the director-general of the Cambodian National Petroleum Authority. Presently the Prime Minister Hun Sen urged China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation & Sinopec Corp an oil refining and petrochemical enterprise, to build an oil refinery in Cambodia and Cai Xiyou, senior vice president of Sinopec Corp have signed the Memorandum of understanding and work have started on the 80-hectare area within the boundary of Preah Sihanouk province and Kampot province here in Cambodia. In April, a Cambodian Petrochemical Company and several Chinese firms signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly build a 5- million-ton oil refinery in Cambodia with the investment amount of over $1.67 billion.
The Royal Cambodian government is in a joint agreement with US major Chevron and Chevron has up to date drilled 18 exploration wells on the offshore block and the company’s success in finding both oil and gas has encouraged others to apply.
Please I am writing you because over the few months it has been a very busy months and as it stands we are making good progress. Right now I have the sum of US$65 Million (US$ in a financial firm here in Cambodia, this amount is for me and some of the senior members of the CNPA. The reason contacting you is for you to apply for the amount to be release to you and you will in turn apply for a joint venture in one of the existing local oil firm through which you shall return the amount back to us to enable us share the amount accordingly. There is no risk as you will be provided with the information you will need to apply and the financial firm holding the amount will be of great help to secure the transfer to you without any hitch.
You shall earn a 15% of the total amount for your role and the balance of 85% you will return back to us through the investment plan. Every plan has been put in place, we have done everything to protect this transaction from any danger and we assure you of your safety. All that is required from you is your 100% honesty and commitment to complete this without any delay. Please I shall want to remind you that this is a confidential transaction that must not be discussed with any other. I will want you to understand that with the personalities involved in this deal you don't have anything to worry about.
Please if you are sure you are in a position to handle this transaction please do let me know immediately so that we will start off without any delay. First we shall give you the full details/process of the transfer. I will need your full name and your personal and direct telephone line for further discussion on this.
I am looking forward towards your urgent response.
Thank you.
Mr. Sok Khavan

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