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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: Anthony northey <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 06:30:48 -0430 (VET)

Dear Sir/Madam,

We Are interested in your company product's and to do a prosperous business with you and your company, So will like to know if you can handle the supply order of your company to our organization.

PAYMENT TERMS: If the order is given to you, an upfront payment 80% (T/T) will be paid to your account, while 20% will be paid before shipment, Payment will be confirmed by your Bank before supply.

I am just a commission agent, i source for foreign supplies whenever there is a notice for the bid to tender, if you get the order through my effort, i will be entitled to 2% of the total contract fund as gratification for my company. This money will be paid to me after you must have received your full payment.


Anthony Northey
Accredited Agent.

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