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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. Jason Yeung Chi Wai" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 23:16:23 -0400
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

Good Day, I am Mr. Jason Yeung Chi Wai a director of Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) limited, I have funds worth to secretly secure and transfer in to your account for investments, which i will like to invest in farms investments or real estate properties in your country.

Please if you are interested to help me with a trust of no betrayed me, I will advise you to write me for more details. Here is my Email:

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Jason Yeung Chi Wai,
Independent Non-Executive Director,
Bank Of Communications (Hong Kong) Limited.

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