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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: "Mike" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0100
Subject: P O #30654

Dear Friend,

This is Mike from sales department. We are intrested in placing our order and you need to see our FOB, PACKING LIST and how we want it, and all you need to do is to sign in with your mail id and see everything and also the order form.

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Give give Me your Minimum Order Quantity, delivery time, Payment terms, and your products warranty.

Best regards
Enterprise Co., Ltd

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