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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: "Sedana Trading" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:56:34 -0800
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Top Urgent

Good Day ,

We have gone through the file and we noticed that your company stamp and signature is missing there.

Kindly stamp and sign where neccessary and revert back to us to enable us send same to our BANK to process the payment ASAP.

Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.

Ali Mansouri

(Financial Manager)

Abu Dhabi
P.O.Box 46861
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 5544808
Fax: +971 2 5544808

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