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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: muah jack <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:01:30 +0100
Subject: 2012/2013 SUPPLY OFFER

*Dear Sirs/madam,

We are looking for a reliable suppliers to supply to the Economic Community
of West African States (ECOWAS). The ECOWAS has Published their 2012/2013
Annual Projects, your products will be needed in large quantity.I will
appreciate if you Can send me the details/prices of your products by email
for my study before applying for you.

I am an accredited Agent registered with ECOWAS on contract allocations, I
am entitle to 2% commission from the total contract sum as soon as the
total contract fund is paid into your account.

Reply with the product details you can supply from the list and confirm
your readiness to bid in the on-going Tender with ECOWAS so that I will
give you an idea on how to pursue and win the Contract with ECOWAS.

Their payment method is 80% T/T upfront to your account after the contract
is signed between your company and ECOWAS and 20% prior to first
shipment.Let me know if you are interested so that we can start negotiating
the proceedings.

Reply directly to my email:

Mr. Muah Jack
Mobile+233 546 051 129

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