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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 01:10:12 +0800
Subject: =?GB2312?B?UkU6IExpc2EgZnJvbSBDaGluYQ==?=

Dear Sir or Madam

Good day. I am so glad to receive your message.

This is lisa liu from Hanzhong Burt Machinery Co,Ltd, China.

First, could you please let me introduce our company.

Our company is engaged in the flour mill, food processing production line manufacturing has a history of more than 20 years.

We have rich experience in production and debugging overseas, via trade company products exported to Asia, Africa, and many other areas.

We are the MANUFACTURER of high quality food processing machines with competitive price!
Sure as the flour milling mahine, food gritting machine , grain dryers.

We have corn processing production line, flour processing production line, hot pepper processing production line, noodle processing production line, etc.

According to different technical requirements and production, the price can be divided into from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars.

I put our machine's instrution and other type's qutation in attach.Pls check it.

Do you have whatsapp?

My whatsapp number is 0086 13379261019. could add me from that.

Hopping heard from you soon.


Best Regards!

Lisa Liu
Hanzhong Burt Machinery CO,LTD.

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