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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: Chann Heng <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 21:59:17 +0700

Hello Dear ,

I am Mr. Chann Heng
and it is my wish to solicit your assistance in investment collaboration/partnership in your country. Meanwhile I have emailed you earlier but to no response from you.
In my first email,I mention about an abandoned sum of (Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand dollars) that belongs to a deceased customer here in my bank.
I am ready to invest this fund with you in any sector such as manufacturing, agriculture, real estate, hotel business that can bring in good turnover at expected time
This will be of great benefit to both of us and I cannot achieve this without
your support.Therefore I need your cooperation to receive this fund after which you will be eligible for 50% of the total amount, while 50% will be mine.
I await your response so that we can proceed.Thanks.

Mr. Chann Heng

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