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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: "Perkins Cheung"<>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:24:49 +0200
Subject: Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited : RE: Remittance Advice


Good Day,

Find Enclosed payment proof made to your company account on behalf of =

our client to your receiving bank dated 12/02/2018

NB: Confirm remittance on secured swift copy and advice accordingly.

Best regards,

Perkins Cheung
Transaction Management Group

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Phone:+852 2282 6068
Address:11th floor Standard Chartered Tower
388 Kwun Tong Road
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Escalation Point
Carlos Lam
Transaction Management Group

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