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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: "Warda AlShamsi" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:46:32 +0300

Dear Sir
Please find the attached purchase order
Kindly review the same and send across the order acknowledgment within 24 =
hours of
receipt of this e-mail. Please note the below points while reviewing and ac=
the Purchase Order.
Any deviation in the price, delivery dates, delivery terms or any other te=
rms and
conditions on Purchase Order from your offer, if not negotiated/agreed shou=
ld be
immediately advised to the undersigned
Should you require further assistance in this regard, please don't hesitat=
e to contact
Kind Regards,
Anoop Kumar
Sr. Procurement Officer
Imperial Trading & Contracting Co. WLL
Al Jazira Al Arabiya St, Madinat Khalifa, P.O. Box 23665, Doha Qatar
Mobile +974 67228963,
Office: +974 44683437 +974 40289666 (EXT: 626),
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