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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: "Desmond Arnold" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:48:11 +0100
Subject: Supply of T-shirts

Good Day,

My name is Arnold Desmond. I'm the C.E.O/Owner, Jim Pex Group Nig. Ltd. We
are agent to several Ministries in Nigeria on contract basis.
Right now, we are contacting you to ascertain your position and capability
to bid for the supply of 600,000.00 pieces of T-shirt to the Ministry of
Health for the On-going AIDS Eradication campaign/program in the country.
If you can bid for this contract through me as your local agent here,
please do not hesitate to contact me immediately.

T-shirt Specifications:
1). Color: All White
2). Sizes: L: 200,000pcs, XL: 200,000pcs, Small: 100,000pcs, Medium:
3). Type: Normal European type
4). Neck: Round Neck
5). GSM: 180
6). Price: $6.0 per T-shirt
7). Printing: No printing
8). Embroidery: No Embroidery
9). Mode of Payment: 100% upfront by T/T . 70% of total contract sum paid
to commence production after signing contract agreement and the remaining
30% to be paid after production but before shipment.


Contact person: Mr. Arnold Desmond
Cell: +234 7065414767

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