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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: "John Williams" <>
Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 19:30:09 -0600
Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re: July/2017 Order

Sorry for my late reply. I was on a short business trip.
Kindly see attached our Order Sheet for July/2017.
Please check our target price and let us know your offer ASAP because we ar=
e prepared to settle payment this week if your offer meets our budget. =

Waiting to hear. =


John Williams | Email: | Tel: +1 207 374 8=

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