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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: "Linked In" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:36:37 -0700
Subject: Ms Sandra Hu sent you a new message.

Susan Chen
Hello Linkedin Member,

How are you doing, hope all is well. My name is Ms Sandra Hu (Sales Manager - Mayer Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.) interested in your product. i checked your profile on LinkedIn. We will like make an urgent order and shipment direct to our agent in Korea. I will like order Full H... Read More

LinkedIn Corporation.

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