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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: "Leyashi Industrial Ltd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 02:29:37 -0600
Subject: Re: Re: bill of landing

We are Leyashi Industrial Ltd.
My name is Michael Lee, the new export manager.
We apologize for not contacting you for some time regarding you
pending order, it was due to virus attack on our computer, only your
email address was attached to the order record, please bear with us.
Our record shows that you have made 70% payment in advance in two
batches and to completer your payment of 30% balance of $68,925 before
Kindly furnish us once again with your shipping details for us to
dispatch the goods via DHL or UPS 100% free shipping after receiving
your payment.

Best regards,
Leyashi Industrial Limited
Michael Lee
International sales manager.
Address:No.570,1016,Cheng Nan Ju Wei Hui Wei Sheng Si Xiang,Shuyang
County,Suqian City,Jiangsu Province
Zip Code:223600
Phone Number:+86116-0281-4234

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