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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: "Ong Eng" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:10:28 -0400
Subject: HELLO.

Good Day,

I am Mr. Ong Eng Huat.I live and work in Hang Seng Bank Limited Kowloon
province Hong Kong.I am writing to request your assistance in transferring
the sum of $24.500.000.00 (Twenty Four Million Five hundred thousand
United States Dollars) into your account as the Late Mr. Wang Jian Foreign
Business Partner.

See this link:

More details information will be forwarded to you to breakdown explaining
comprehensively what require of you.

Waiting for your urgent reply ,
My contact email:

Best Regards
Mr.Ong Eng

"Independencia y Patria Socialista, Viviremos y Venceremos"

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