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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. Kimsan Yong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 01:10:37 +0100
Subject: Can I Trust You?


How are you and your family, I hope fine, and I hope the virus didn't affect you and your family too.
I contact you for a purpose. My name is kimsan yong, I'm a banker working with Cathay United Bank Cambodia. I speak English and I am
learning Korean and Czech language too and you ?.

The reason I contacted you is because one of my late customer has the same family name as yours. He died 8 years ago and left 10.7 million
US dollars in his account. Since no relatives have come to claim this money. I contacted you so
that you can stand to claim this money since you have the same family name together. I hope you understand.

We can discuss this transaction very well so i can direct you on what
next to do .. Contact email:


Mr. Kimsan Yong

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