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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: "Bank for International Settlements." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:08:22 +0700
Subject: final release of your fund

Bank For International Settlements
Centralbahnplatz 2, 4051 Basel,
Switzerland .

This is to officially notify you that we have received a confirmation advice from the International
Monetary Funds External Auditors, United Nations Organization respectively via International Payment Code :
BIS/SWISS/IMF-93WB82UN567-G requesting us to direct the FOREIGN TRADE BANK of Cambodia, to disburse your due
wining,inheritance(Next Kin) and contract payment in your favor.

The Bank for International Settlements in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation has set
aside the sum US$900 Million (NINE HUNDRED MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) to pay in good claims the foreign
beneficiary's whose payment have shown sufficient proof.

In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this Exclusive Reference Identification Number
(IMF/BIS-BG/9USXX10751/16), Having received these vital informations, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm
your payment within the next 14working days as necessary clearance has been granted from the FOREIGN TRADE BANK of Cambodia
to release your funds to you with immediate effect.

In view of this directive received from the International Monetary Funds(IMF), we have on our own part verified your
payment file as directed to us,and your name is next on the list of outstanding beneficiaries to receive their
payment in this quarter of year 2016. With that being done,you are required to urgently contact the FOREIGN TRADE BANK
of Cambodia. via General Manager and Board Member.

No. 3, Street Kramoun Sar, Sangkat Phsar
Thmey 1, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh,
Kingdom of Cambodia.
Contact Person: Mr.Gui Anvanith
(General Manager and Board Member)

We wish to inform you of the need for you to also re-confirm your full personal details and contact before the FOREIGN TRADE BANK
of Cambodia to enable the officer in-charge proceed with the preliminary arrangements that will enhance the immediate
release of your funds.

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.

Treat as Urgent.

Jens Weidmann
President,Bank for International Settlements.
Basel, Switzerland.

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