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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: "Maritess Saiyo"<>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:22:29 +0300
Subject: RE:RE:RFQ Nr: 6000183042-P35 ORDER

Dear Sir,
Good morning! We would like to acknowledged the receipt of your attached =
inquiry RFQ Nr: 6000183042-P35
and to confirmed to submit our quotation before the deadline date 1.09.2016.
Thank you very much.
Best regards,
Maritess Saiyo
Sales Coordinator
TERRA Technology FZE

P.O. Box: 8818
SAIF Zone, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Tel : +971 6 552 9570
Fax: +971 6 552 9571

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