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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: =?UTF-8?Q?David_Ryan=C2=A0Sequeira=2E?= <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 08:53:21 -0800
Subject: Accountant Director Security Film.

Attn: Sir Madam.

I am Mr David Ryan Sequeira. I am a personal Accountant Director
Security Film with Foreign Trade bank of Cambodia (FTB). It is with
good spirit i opened up this great Opportunity to you A deceased
client of mine that share almost the same names with yours died as a
result of heart-related condition on march 2020. His heart condition
was duo to the death of the members of his family in the tsunami
disaster on the 26th December 2006 in Sumatra Indonesia Where they all
lost their lives.

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 /textile
Company Owner, Business man,a Miner at Kruger Mining Company here in
Cambodia he was a Geologist and Consultant to Several others Mining
Conglomerates operating in Cambodia, China Taiwan, Japan,Indonesia
Pakistan, Vietnam all in Asia before he pass away on the 12th March
2020 leaving nobody as the next of kin of his account after his death.

The amount in this account currently ($90 Ninety Million United State
Dollars.) I want to present you as a beneficiary, I will use my
position and influence in our bank to make them release this money to
your account for us to share it, i will assure you that No one will
know about it and the Lawyer will endures all the required documents
in your name as the real owner of this fund.

Best Regards.

Yours. Sincerely
David Ryan Sequeira.(CFA.)
Director Foreign Trade Bank Kingdom of Cambodia.
Address:No.1,Street 96,Sangkat Wat Phenom, Penh Cambodia.

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