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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Jinchun Global Logistics/Shipping Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:21:15 -0800

Good Day,
Compliment of the day to you. Our company Jinchun Global Logistics/Shipping Company is seeking for partnership with an international firm/Individual in North America. Please contact me if you or your company have interest in this. Contact Laura Tailor on this email (
Laura Tailor
Job Placement Executive
Jinchun Global Logistics/Shipping Company
457 Pan Yu Road,
Shanghai 200052,
Tel.: +86-1367176-9696
Fax:  +86-1367176-9695

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