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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: "Wong"<>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:48:25 -0700
Subject: We Need Managing Representatives

Attn: We Need Managing Representatives

Compliments of the day to you. Our company is searching for representation in your country prompted us to contact you. We are manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and raw materials for resin, engineering plastics and synthetic fiber end users. We require representation against our defaulting customer in your country. It is our intention to retain your firm in this regard and also for future transactions within your location. Your consideration of our request is highly anticipated and we look forward to your prompt response.

Your response should be addressed to

Vice President/Coo, Mr. wong wuyi

Thank you for your time

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