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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: "Chara Andreou" <>
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:38:19 +0300

Dear Sirs/ Madam,

Reference to our previous mail dated 06/08/2016 which we are yet to get you=
r best quote from your reputable firm.
We kindly ask you again to find attached our company
official regulation and RFQ(S) and quote your best prices and delivery tim=
e as per attached page(s) in other attachments.

Your earliest reply will be much appreciated.

Chara Andreou

Main office

Kraftv=E6rksvej 53 - Sk=E6rb=E6k
7000 Fredericia
Denmark =

Tel. +45 99 5 11 11
Fax +45 99 5 00 11
Comp. Reg.-No. 36 21 37 28

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