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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: Ching Wai HK Trading Co Ltd <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:45:44 -0300
Subject: Most Urgent !!!


Our Company *Ching Wai HK Trading, * HONG KONG * is in search of a
competent individual or firm that will be responsible in handling
funds as our agent and sales representative in the United State/Canada
region. If interested kindly indicate your interest by mailing back
for further details.

Note: It is a part time offer that won't interrupt your present work
or business.

Looking forward to your response.

Your's Faithfully,
Miss Emily Lai
Marketing Manager
Ching Wai HK Trading Co Ltd
Unit A & B, 7/F., Eton Building,
288 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong.

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