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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: "Stephen Wong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 11:36:00 -0700
Subject: e-mail from CIMB !

Dear Friend,

How are you doing today? I am Mr. Stephen Wong, the Head of Accounting Audit Committee Department of CIMB Bank Berhad Malaysia.

In my department, I discovered an abandoned sum of ($15.6 Million US Dollars) please I need your assistance for the transferring of this fund into your bank account for the benefit of both of us for a lifetime investment.

I have every inquiry document to make the bank believe you and release the fund to you within 5 banking working days, with your full co-operation with me after success. Note/ 50% for you why 50% for me after the success of the transfer to your bank account, kindly get back to me for more details.

Thanks for your understanding.

Best regards,

Mr. Stephen Wong
Head of Accounting Audit Committee Department of
CIMB Bank Berhad Malaysia.

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