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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: "Jackie Chow (Vtech)" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:17:19 -0700
Subject: Required services

Dear Partner,

I am Mr. Jackie Chow, the chief consultant to Allan WONG Chi Yun, the CEO of Vtech Inc, the Kongese global supplier of electronic learning products from infancy to preschool and the world's largest manufacturer of cordless phones. Hong Kong. We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in the Canada/America and Europe as well as making payments through you to us. if you are interested in transacting business with us, we will be very glad. Please contact us via email for more information with our contact below. Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay you for your services as our representative in Canada/America and Europe, Please if you are interested kindly forward to us your full names, phone number/fax and your full contact address.

Thanks for your propmt response In advance.

Chief Consultant,
Mr. Jackie Chow
Tel/Fax: +85230508867 ext 1.

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