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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.Khim Leang," <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:52:02 -0700
Subject: Ree..

Dear Friend ,

I am Mr.Khim Leang, and a personal Accountant/Executive board of
Directors with Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia (FTB).
it is with good spirit of heart i opened up this great opportunity to
you A deceased client of mine that shares almost the same name as yours
died as a result of heart-related condition on march 2005.His heart
condition was duo to the death of the members of his family in the
tsunami disaster on the 26 December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia where they
all lost their lives..{More info:

There is a draft account opened in my bank in 1999 by a long-time client
our bank,a national of your country.he was a CEO/a textile company
owner,business man,a miner at kruger mining company here in Cambodia. he
was a geologist and consultant to several other mining conglomerates
operating in Cambodia,China,Taiwan,Japan,Indonesia,Pakistan,Vietnam all
in Asia,before he passed away on 12th march 2005 leaving nobody as the
next of kin of his account after his death.

The amount in this account is currently $32,640,000 (Thirty Two Million
Six Hundred and Forty Thousand United States Dollars) I want to present
you as a beneficiary,I will use my position and influence in our bank to
make they release this money to you for us to share.If i wait for days
and i do not hear from you,I shall look for another person.

Kindly get back to me for more details

Yours sincerely
Mr.Khim Leang,
Board member
Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia
Phnom Penh

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