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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: Ellen Wong <>
Reply-To: Ellen Wong <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:53:56 +0000
Subject: Purchase Inquiry

Good Day!

This is Mrs Ellen Wong, a sales manager from MUNDIDIEAS INVESTMENT CO., LTD. we are Contacting you regarding your products. please send me your latest catalogue or web site link.

Advice us your FOB and Delivery time. wait your urgent reply.
Thanks for your cooperation

Ellen Wong

Sales Manager
Industrial Zone, Street 41, Doha-Qatar P.O.Box 31118
Tel: +974 4454 300. Fax: +974 4454 117.

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