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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: "Jin shun" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 02:59:05 -0800
Subject: Re: Please Correct the Quotation

Dear Sir,

As discussed earlier with our boss on the phone. Find attached the two quot=
ation which our boss received from your company. =

Pls confirm which of them is correct so that we submit to purchasing manage=
r for approval and processing.

Looking forward to receiving your approval before proceeding.

Kindest Regards,
Iknur Emir
Import Department
Tel +39 (046) 5877123
Fax + 39 (035) 526763

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