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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: "Bricks City Motors" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:07:48 -0400
Subject: 25% discount off on prices for Bonanza 2014 ----- Automobile Sales

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are an American used car export company selling Japanese used cars and foreign cars. We export Japanese used cars to various countries in the world. We have extensive stocks of Japanese used cars and American cars which satisfy your needs.
We guarantee Good condition, Good price, and Quick service.

Right now we are giving 25% discount off on prices for BONANZA sales on Toyota Land cruisers, Prado_s and Double Cabin Toyota Hilux pick- up and much more of different cars.

We want you to take an advantage of this opportunity.

Yours Sincerely,
Peter Anderson
Sales Team/General Manager
Tel/Fax: +1 317-245-0251
Brick City Autos
716 Us Highway 31 S # 880 Greenwood, IN 46143-2401
United States

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