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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: Saengfai phuchin <>
Reply-To: Saengfai phuchin <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 21:13:01 +0100 (CET)
Subject: I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin

Greeting to you Friend

I am a banker here in Cambodia. I'm contacting you for a reason. one of my late customer is from your country. He died years ago and left, 15.7 million United States dollars in his account. Since then no relative have come to claim his money. I want to present you as next of kin to my bank, you will claim the money for me and you to share, everything is 100% no risk. Kindly get back to me for more info.
Best Regards,

Phuchin Saengfai.

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