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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: "Keans" <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 00:38:09 +0800
Subject: Re:Custom USB Advertising Premiums

Hi there:

We do more than 500 models customized USB Flash driver & hundred models gifts.

Our products are ideal as corporate gifts for customers,employees or conference participants.

They are extremely reliable and comfortable business tools and can be customized with logos,web site details or themes of your choice.

Since 1999 we supply full service design,artwork,shipping door to door etc.and have the good prestige.

We will be happy to arrange an immediate quote or alternatively e-mail us.


Keans Advanced Technology CO.,LTD.

Senior Professional Supplier 16th years in gifts.

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