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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: "Prof. David Unongo" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 05:56:38 -0430 (VET)
Subject: ***SPAM*** Tender to supply at Cross iver Basin Development
Authority (Crbda)

Dear Sir/Madam

I have the mandate from cross river basin development authority (crbda) in conjunction with the Nigeria tender board to present, a company who can handle tender projects.

Companies are hereby invited to send in their price list and catalogs for evaluations and consideration of the tender board of the cross river basin development authority (crbda) for the ongoing tender.

Kindly respond to my inquiry if you are interested to participate in the tender ongoing, if your products meet the demand of the cross river basin development authority (crbda).

I await your reply asap.

Best regards,

Prof David Unongo.

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