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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: " Mega Hong Invest" <>
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2022 17:12:28 -0700
Subject: Respond Back

Dear Prospective Partner,

My name is Mr. Steven Cheng, I work as a Vice Chairman in Mega Hong Investment Company Limited, Hong-Kong, we want to invest the minimum face value of Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars to Fifty Million United States Dollars in projects through you or your company project or an individual entrepreneurs seeking for personal loan within the minimum face value of Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars to Fifty Million United States Dollars. We shall send you more of our funding procedure when you show interest.

We look forward to a long business relationship with you and your esteemed members.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Steven Cheng
Vice President MEGAHONG INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 26, Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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