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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: Stros Ivan <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:57:53 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are here to introduce our company as a registered Importing
company based in Supplying and Distributing of all kind of goods.
with registration endorsement under the Togo Lome Commerce and Industry.

Our company has been into Importation and distribution of goods for
many years with our international business experience which has given
us the confident to open Three branches offices out side Togo

Recently we have being ask by African Trade Union Organization to
source out a reliable firm who will be capable to handle a contract
supply of Baby Diapers

We came across your company contact information as a supplier
manufacturer and exporter of above mentioned in your region,With due
respect we request you to please send your prices quotation for our
study in proceedings.

Looking forward to establish a long lasting business with your company.

James Higgins
232 Rue Tambina

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