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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: Terry <>
Reply-To: Terry <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:24:19 -0800 (PST)

Attn: Sir/Madam.

 I am a commission agent look for contractor, Distributors, manufacturing,supply or individual who can secure a contract from Government of Benin.  I mean can you participate on government tender to supply products in bulk order. 

My company wish to invite you to participate on the tender as we have a level playing ground to facilitate the award of the tender to your company for the supply of any product listed , If you are able to scale through as a result of our effort and recommendation, our entitlement is 2% commission on profit made on the supply. You can also inform me the product which you are dealing and price for our review.

Your urgent communication will be appreciated.

Best wish
Mr. Terry White

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