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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: "Meng Hong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:43:29 +0700
Subject: (Investment)confirm if interested.

Attn: Sir,

Please accept my sincere apology if my email does not meet your business or personal ethics.
Mr Meng Hong is my name, Branch Manager, of a leading bank here in Cambodia.
With due respect, I write to solicit your assistance in this transfer deal of US$7,800,000.00. This fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made last year by this branch Bank in which I am the manager. I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2017 to my head office here in Phnom Penh which was acknowledged and never will they know of this excess.

I have since 24th January, 2018 placed this amount of US$7,800,000.00 on a TRUST/SUNDRY Account without a beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank, I cannot directly be connected to this money thus I am impelled to request your assistance in receiving the funds out of Cambodia as the rightful beneficiary for Investment purposes to be managed by you which we shall agree upon transfer.

I intend to part 50% of this fund to you while 50% shall be for me. I do need to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It's going to be AN online bank-to-bank transfer done by you. All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund so that we can move it.
However, If we cooperate well, it will take just 6 Bank working days for processing and for the transfer to hit your designated bank account.
I welcome your questions/suggestions so i can give you the details.

Respectfully submitted,

Mr. Meng Hong

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