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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. Paul Andasons " <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:27:24 -0700
Subject: Urgent Payment

Dear Beneficiary

We received an urgent payment instruction from the Debt Reconciliation Committee in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund IMF to credit your account with $1,000.000.00 ( One Million United States Dollars only, as an urgent poverty alleviation award to assist you on your current financial crises .

However one Mr. Chieu Phuong narrated to us that he is your family lawyer that you had auto accident which will not allow you to appear in person to claim your approved money . he claimed that you asked him to receive your money on your behalf with his personal bank account below .

Name Of Bank : CIMB BERHAD
Account Name : Chieu Phuong
Account Number : 7067741891.
Beneficiary's Address: Phileo I,E608 , Block E, Level 6,Unit 8, Jalan 16/11 Pusat Malaysia
Bank Address : A-1-G Block A no 72a Jalan Universiti Jaya One , 46200, petaling Jaya, Selangor

Get back to me through this email address:

Thanks as i anticipate your immediate reply .

Yours Sincerely
Paul Andasons
Director ,Legal Operations CIMB Bank
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia .

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