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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: " Hong Soon Hwan " < >
Date: 4 Feb 2019 09:24:05 -0800

Desk of Mr. Hong Soon Hwan Senior Managerof KB
Kookmin Bank Cambodia ( KB)Samdach Pan Ave (214), Phnom Penh

Hello Friend,

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

My name is Mr. Hong Soon 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
(Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United state

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 Year 2018 report to my Head Office and they
will never know of this Excess. I have since then, placed this
amount of (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
state Dollars) on a SUSPENSE SECURITY without a beneficiary.

As a senior Manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected
to this money 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 share these funds 50/50 between
us accordingly and this transaction is 100% risk free, as no-risk
involved in this and this is going to be a direct transaction.

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 Soon Hwan Senior Managerof KB
Kookmin Bank Cambodia ( KB)Samdach Pan Ave (214), Phnom Penh

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