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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. Hong Hwan" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:01:11 -0700
Subject: Grettings from Cambodia!!

My dear,

I got your e-mail address contact through your country's Information Excha=
nge On line while browsing and after that, I decided to contact you to ask =
for your assistance in this urgent matter that requires trust and confident=
iality because you might receive this message in your Inbox, Junk/Spam fold=

My name is Mr. Hong Hwan senior Manager of Kookmin Bank of Cambodia ( KB) =
Asia Banking Corporation Limited Asia. I am 55 years old man, married with =
three children. I have a very urgent, confidential and profitable business =
for both of us Valued at (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United stat=
e Dollars).

This fund is an excess of what my branch in which I am the senior manager =
made as profit last year. I have already submitted an approved End of the Y=
ear 2017 report to my Head Office and they will never know of this Excess. =
I have since then, placed this amount of (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thou=
sand United state Dollars) on a SUSPENSE SECURITY without a beneficiary.

As a senior Manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this mo=
ney thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money=
as the beneficiary of the funds. If we could do this together, we shall sh=
are these funds 50/50 between us accordingly and this transaction is 100% r=
isk free, as no-risk involved in this and this is going to be a direct tran=

All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund. If=
interested, please write back for more information, while I shall explain =
more in details as soon as I got a response from you if you are interested.

Thanks for your kind understanding, awaiting your response!
Best Regards,
Mr. Hong Hwan,
Senior Manager of KB
Kookmin Bank Cambodia ( KB)Samdach Pan Ave (214), Phnom Penh.

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