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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: "Mary Young" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:50:43 +1200
Subject: Get back to me

My Name is Mrs. Mary Young the new sales Manager of Goldmall Merchandise Ltd In Dubia.

I just resume office today and i saw your reply back in regard to your product i saw on trade website.

I saw a similar and latest product design on trade production design website which i choose to be the product design i want and i will need this particular design in large quantity.

I attached a jpeg sample picture design in this email for easy view.

Get back to me and let me know if you have the design

Await your reply urgently.

Mrs. Mary Young
Manager of Goldmall Merchandise Ltd In Dubia.

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