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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. Solomon Kalu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 01:46:59 -0500
Subject: I Need Your Products

Dear Sir,

I understand that you are a Manufacturer / Exporter of various kinds of products.

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) are interested in your products, kindly give us your price list to enable us proceed.

Destination Port: Lagos, Nigeria
Contract Period: 12 Calendar Months
Payment: 100% Advance TT

I know that your company is capable of supplying this product in a large quantity.

Please write back to me and send to me the C&F prices quotations and your company website.

I am waiting for your valued response.

Best regards

Mr. Solomon Kalu
Call +234-8026615934

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