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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Tim Bophal" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:48:36 +0800
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE !!!
My name is Mr Tim Bophal, a personal Accountant/Executive board of Directors working with Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia (FTB).A late investor who bears the same last name with you has left $23, 340, 000.00 million Dollars with Our Bank for some years and no next of kin has come forward all these years for claim.
Please get back to me as soon as possible for more details, if you are interested in my proposal, Kindly get back to me through my private e-mail address ()
Mr Tim Bophal
Executive Board Directors
Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia