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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: "Noriza Arifin Binti" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 16:11:18 -0800
Subject: Dear Esteemed Customer,

Dear Esteemed Customer,

I wish to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency meeting with the World Bank president, International Diplomatic Forum, international monetary fund (IMF), and United Nations (UN). I hereby inform you that your winnings/inheritance payment file have been Signed and forwarded to CIMB Bank Malaysia where you will be receiving your fund via online banking wire transfer which you will need to do by your self from any computer in your house or office . Therefore you are advised to contact Mr. Saharom Mohd Noor with the below information for your immediate payment.

Below is your paying officer from CIMB Bank Malaysia
Name: Mr. Saharom Mohd Noor ( 2021/2022 Chief Financial Officer )
Address: CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara Southern Bank 83,
Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara,
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

Best Regards,
Mrs. Noriza Arifin Binti
Group Chief Information & Foreign Operations Officer

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