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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: "VERITAS (INDIA) LIMITED (VIL)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:18:17 -0800
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Project

Dear Sir,

Kindly find the attached Tender order and provide us the Order
Confirmation/Proforma invoice along side your bank details.

We need the item E58TD by air freight urgently,we will make the payment as
soon as the consignment is ready for dispatch.

Items E689DR and E798OP is needed to be of high quality also confirm the
shipment schedule.

Awaiting your early confirmation of this mail.

Warm Regards

Shree Nakoda Exim

Manager : Imports - International sourcing


Veritas House, 70 Mint Road,
Fort, Mumbai - 400 001. INDIA
Tel: +91 - 22 - 2275 5555 / 6184 0000
Fax: +91 - 22 - 2275 5556 / 6184 0001

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