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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: "" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:27:10 -0800
Subject: Re:Top Urgent !! (Re-confrim your bank details please)

Hello sir,

We have been instructed by your colleague with a stange email address for a change in your bank account.
Please Kindly go through the proforma invoice as attached and re-confirm your bank details before we can transfer your down payment wrongly.

Can you please give us a discount in our recent?

I wait for your immediate response

Aurélie Vieira
Export Department

t: (+351) 234 313 433
skype: avieira_electrex

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