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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: "Tan Chheng" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2020 03:15:24 +0700
Subject: Ref. QX7/2GO/6882


I am Ms. Tan Chheng, the CEO of Hong Kong Diamond & Jewelry Shops in Cambodia. I was recently diagnosed of cancer, my husband was killed by assassin, view the link;

I want to entrust a donation to you for a charitable project to handle on my behalf, as i will be undergoing surgical operation in a few week time which I pray to survive it. I want the philanthropist work of my late husband to continue to reach people around the globe, but because of my health condition I will not be able to handle the project myself, that is the reason I am willing to you $28,950,000.00 USD to continue the good work in my late husband name. You will use the funds to create shelter for widows, less privilege, and poor people in your communities.

I have informed my lawyer about my decision willing the money to you for charity purpose. Please if you are sincerely ready to handle the project with your wholeheart.Then kindly contact my Lawyer; Mr.Bong Ra Sak, through his e-mail address:

Please Call! him +855888639224 Quote my reference: QX7/2GO/6882

Thank you for your understanding.

Yours Respectfully,
Ms. Tan Chheng

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