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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: "Mr.David W.Fongr" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 07:17:22 -0700
Subject: Re: JOB OFFER

Good Day,
I am Mr.David Wai Fong,manager HK Construction Equipment Company- Hong Kon=
g.We are a company who deal on mechanical equipment,hardware and minerals, =
electrical products, Medical & Chemicals,light industrial products and offi=
ce equipment, and export into the Canada/America and Europe.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of=
getting to our costumers in the Canada/America and Europe as well as makin=
g payments through you to us.Please if you are interested in transacting bu=
siness with us we will be glad. Please contact us for more information,Subj=
ect to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate you=
r mode of which we will pay for your services as our representative in Cana=
da/America and Europe.
Note that at no point or time will we ask you to spend any of your persona=
l money. Please if you are interested forward to us your Mailing Address, p=
hone number/fax and your full contact address via :
Thank in advance.
Mr.David Wai Fong

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