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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: "Global Trader" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:01:21 -0300
Subject: Att:Dear

Dear Supplier

Am Anny Yung the Import Manager of GLOBAL TRADERS UK LTD
We are a Multinational Company here in UK for years now and we travel to different
countries in search of goods and new product to impress our customers.
We came across your address and we wish to import your goods
i really want to let you know that we can do business with your company
if you are interested in doing business with our esteem company you can
send me an email to give me your products list / competitive prices for
our study and for our market research as to enable us place our trial
order from your company. Here is my Email address[]
I'll be looking forward to hear from you soon.

Best regards,
Anny Yung
import manager
Global Traders
Street London UK

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