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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 Mark Shoemake" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 11:08:19 +0100
Subject: I am Interested To Purchase Your Product..

Dalmellington roadPatna
Ayrshire Scotland UK Scotland
Ayrshire 4 Chapel Row, Dalmellington
TieTrade Mark Company Plc


I am so excited that I came across your item on internet search,I am interested in purchasing them from you.Let me know if the item is still available and how much discounts you are willing to give?I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.

Anticipating your urgent response. Thank you.
Sincerely Mark Shoemake
TieTrade Mark Company Plc
4 Chapel row
Dalmellington roadPatna
Ayrshire Scotland UK Scotland
Ayrshire 4 Chapel Row, Dalmellington
Road, Patna
FAX:44 0000 000000

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