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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "NORTH CAROLINA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:09:20 -0700
Subject: RE: NEW ORDER REF #W9932F7
We got a recommendation of you from one of your customers about your
products, and we would like to order some products or more depending on
the price, Kindly login to view our sample Perttern, Pls login your email
to be able to view sample products.
HERE IS THE PRODUCT PAGE LINK BELOW NEEDED
A valid email account will enable you to view the samples we needed.
Kindly advise the following details: -
Your FOB Prices and FOB Port of loading.
- Your Mode of Payment. ( if by L/C or T/T ) -
Your estimated delivery time. Awaiting your prompt reply.
Baotou Iron & Steel (Group) Co.,Ltd. - Oriental United
906, 9/F, Harcourt House,
No. 39 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.