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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: Sergio Campos <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:19:10 +0100
Subject: NEW ORDER

Dear Sir/Madam,

Regards to your displayed product herewith enclose of purchase order
attached, kindly go through it and send me your very best offer price list.
Hope to hear from you soonest and do have a nice day.

Best regards,

Contact person: Sergio Campos (sales Rep)
Company Name: Al Smir PVT GmbH
Company Address :Pavlovica put bb,76300 Bijeljina,Republic of Srpska (BiH)
Telephone :+ 387 55 351 390
Fax :+387 55 351 391

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