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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:05:44 +0100 (WAT)
Subject: American used cars for sale

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are an American used car company based in the New York, United States of America. We deal on all types of American cars and left/ right hand drive Japanese cars. We are in search of sales Agent/representatives in your country, If you are interested you can contact us with the below contact information. We request you to send an email with your full names, home/office address and Tel/Fax/mobile number.

Major world.
Address: 43-40 Northern Blvd Long island city queens Ny 11101 USA
TEL:+ 1 212 359 1616 FAX:1 647 7237352


Tom Bruce,
Sales Team Manager.

Note: If you wish to simply purchase a car from us and not interested in dealership, please provide specification of such vehicle and we will get back to you in details.

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