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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: "Ying Wang" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2022 06:47:01 +0000
Subject: Re: I appreciate your quick response.

Good day,

My name is Mr. Ying Wang, ICBC Bank, Hacienda Heights Branch,
California USA. I discovered a huge sum secretly in a high profile
account. On investigation I discovered it is without any administrator
thus a floating funds.

I want you to partner with me to transfer this funds out into your
account. We shall share the money in terms that we will both agree .
Let me know if you are willing to partner with me.

Please do in your reply email state your full name and phone number
and I will call to give you more information.

I await your response.


Mr. Ying Wang

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