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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: "Acterna Co., Ltd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:37:47 -0700
Subject: Order Requirement

Dear concerned persons,
Accept our greetings: Iím Mr. Ankith Vineeth, from Acterna Co., Ltd ,
I have visited your website and searched on your esteemed company profile.
We are looking forward to have the opportunities to cooperate with
good price and stable quality to Purchase Materials and available
products from your company.
For your reference and action kindly view the data sheet uploaded on
our interface and submit your offer at the earliest.
These are some related samples we need to develop within our quality
standard. See to it and Kindly quote us your best prices and cost of delivery
to our port if your prices meets to our expectation we may place a first order
and cover a wide range of marketing services here in the Middle East.
Please kindly refer to the data sheet product samples info, your response
is highly appreciated.Thank You!
Best Regards,
Mr. Ankith Vineeth
Regional Director
Office Add : 3334 Walnut Bend Ln.
Skype : Snz.gla
Contact Email :

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