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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:

Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:05:34 +0800

Thanks for Your understanding, I was touched to contact you and see how
best we can assist each other. My name is Jose Veloso and I work with a
Bank here in Cambodia, The name of the bank is Vattanac Bank Cambodia. We
had one Mr. Gantian Smith, customer that had a deposit of US$43.5M (Forty
Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) before he Died
with a cancer of the lungs about Seven years now (April 30, 2015) and since
he died, we in the Bank here have been expecting his/her next of
kin/relative(s) for the inheritance of the deposit, but none has surfaced.

The policy of the Bank however stipulates a limited time period for such
inheritance to be made or the fund will be written off going by the record
of the incident, the time limit for the claim is closing up. In this
consideration, I am contacting you to seek for your kind understanding and
sincere cooperation to claim this inheritance for our mutual benefit.

If you can stand as the next of kin in this project, success is assured
because I am in possession of the personal file jacket of the deceased
which contains every needed information about the account and the deceased,
you and I stand no risk of any kind because I have enough information to
support you in claiming the inheritance. The proceedings of the transaction
will be shared 50% each after Expenses are reimbursed.

Kindly indicate your willingness by returning email for more information,
and we shall proceed with the initial step for the claim. The entire
project is expected to last for about ten working days. Reply me with this
Email ( So that I will forward you more information
and on how you will contact the Bank.

Tell: +1 (231) 373-5959. Also is my WhatsAPP number.

Best Regards,
Mr. Jose Veloso.

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