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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: "olted" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 00:31:43 -0800
Subject: Minimum Order Quantity

Dear Sir/Madam,

I write to inform you that we are interested in your products.
Please kindly send us your catalog. And we would like to inquire about the following:

*Minimum Order Quantity
*Your delivery time
*Payment terms
*And your products warranty
Without waisting much of your time, Please kindly click on the Link Below a Site will
come up :therefore endeavor to sign in your email and password for easy View of the
product i need from your company

thanks, hopeing to here
from you.
Looking forward to your reply

best regards

John cole

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