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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Chenguang Tiong" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:57:56 +0700
Our company wish to purchase the stated equipments from your company. You
will find the specifications and quantity accordingly.
Mrs Chenguang Tiong
Tornado Tower 41st Floor,
Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4419 2900
The information contained in this e-mail message may be privileged and/or
confidential. It is for intended addressees only. If you are not the
intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure,
reproduction, distribution or other use of this communication is strictly
prohibited and could, in certain circumstances, be a criminal offence.
If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender by reply
and delete the message without copying or disclosing it. Thank you.