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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:

Date: Mon, 06 Mar 2017 01:08:02 +0300
Subject: Due invoice


Our Director, ask me to confirm this, the Invoice details does not bear
your Company's Bank details, as we intend to remit payment tomorrow should
I remit to this account in this invoice?

Please check the attached Invoice ASAP and get back to us via return mail.

Waiting your Quick Response.


Muhammed Sebe
(Sales & Accounting Manager)

Thank You For Your Business!

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the Internet, in communication solely by e-mail (without hard copy
confirmation) we are unable to accept responsibility for any breaches of
confidence which may arise through use of this media. Similarly, opinions,
conclusions and other information expressed in this e-mail are those of the
individual and are not necessarily given or endorsed by us without hard
copy confirmation. Any prices for the supply of goods or services are only
valid if supported by a formal written quotation.

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