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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Chan Sokheng" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 08:59:23 +0700
Subject: REPLY FOF MORE DETAILS
My name is Chan Sokheng, a personal Accountant/Board Member working with Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia (FTB). I have an interesting business proposal for you that will be of immense benefit to both of us.
I need your assistance to secure an inheritance fund that belong to a late investor of our bank who died as a result of heart-related condition on march 2005.His heart condition was duo to the death of the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26 December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia where they all lost their live.
( http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake ).
There is a draft account opened in our bank by him in 1999 and after his death no next of kin has come forward all this years for claim. The amount in this account is currently ($32,640,000 (Thirty Two Million Six Hundred and Forty Thousand United States Dollars).I want to present you as a beneficiary,I will use my position and influence in our bank to make them release this money to you for us to share.
Most importantly, I will need you to promise to keep whatever you learn from me between us even if you decide not to go along with me. I will make more details available to you on receipt of a positive response from you.
I am in good faith and with trust waiting for your Urgent respond and maximum cooperation for more details.
Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia