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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. Foo Boon Seng" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:50:32 -0700
Subject: For Our Mutual Benefit

I am a banker here in Cambodia with Cathay United Bank. I contacted you for this reason , one of our late customer have the same family name as yours . He
died more than six years ago and left, 10.7 million United States dollars in his account Since then no relative have come to claim this  money.I think we
can work things out,that will benefit both of us,if only you are interested.
But unfortunately, The He died with his family in a car crash during summer holiday of 2012 in France. His account mandate does not have any contact of any
of his relatives as next of kin. I have made several inquiries to his embassy to locate any of his relatives without any success, I have been mandated by my
bank management to provide the next of kin to his account.As his account manager that If I don't get any of his relatives in 29 days the account balance of
$10.700,000 will be returned to the government treasury Since you have the same family name with the late account holder and I cannot find any of his
relatives, I now seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the late account holder. You and I will share the money 50/50 ratio after the money
is transferred to you.I think this is fair decision instead of the Cambodian government taking the money. I was his personal account manager before he died
, I have all the vital information for us to claim the money without any problem.
I only worry about your ability to keep this transaction secret to protect my job. The transaction is 100% risk free as I have studied and investigated the
transaction properly as a professional banker and discovered that it's risk free before making contact to you.
If you are interested reply and I will tell you what we need to do next.
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Foo Boon Seng

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