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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: "Linda Borg Thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:08:07 +0100
Subject: Supply Ability

Dear Sir,
Can you supply us with the best quality of this product specified for
our ongoing development project (UNDPT) a UK  government assisted
project as detailed in our site order shouldn't be more than as
specified, FOB LONDON-UNITED KINGDOM, order will increase with respect
to the response.
Revert back with your supply ability and quote your best price accordingly.
Best regards,
Contact: Linda Borg Thomas
Purchase and Supply sales Manager.
198 Bold-mere Road 1st Floor Torah House
Bentley Lane-London-united kingdom.
Tel: +447087625240

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