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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Andrei Nikolaevich" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 23:17:40 +0100
Subject: New Order
My name is Andrei Nikolaevich I`m working on behalf of Zinaida SA currently we are looking for supplier of your products. I have found your company on website.
I would like to introduce our company founded in 1993 Zinaida S.A. Listed on Moscow Stock Exchange Thanks to dynamic development and integrated ISO9001:2008 quality management system has quickly become a leader in distribution of these products on European Union market. Our group Zinaida SA had over 3500 recipients in 2010 with more than 30 000 products including : industry , transport, medical and agricultural products.
We are interesting in your products in large quantity:
Please send me:
Price on FOB -
I waiting on your e-mail with reply which I ask you.