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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: "Mehmet YILDIZ" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:03:24 -0700
Subject: Re: New Purchase Order #715342

Dear Sir,

Kindly offer us quotation over our Purchase Order and send your best pric=
e with payment terms and realistic delivery time.

Your earliest Reply will be highly appreciated.

Thank you & Best Regards
Ihracat Sorumlusu | Export Specialist
Taysad Org.San.B=F6lgesi.(TOSB)1.Cd.No:17 Gebze /KOCAELI
T +90 267 676 7000 | F +90 262 676 6029 | M +90 333 038 79 42

This message and its attachments are intended only and exclusively for the =
use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain in=
formation that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under=
applicable law. If you are not the addressee you may not copy, forward, di=
sclose or use any part of it. If received in error please notify the sender=
immediately by return E-mail, and then delete the message and its attachme=
nts from your system, including all copies. This e-mail and any attachments=
have been scanned for viruses prior to leaving our network. We are not lia=
ble for indirect or consequential damages from alteration of these contents=
by a third party or by the result of any virus.

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