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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: "CITVS" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:24:57 +0300
Subject: Inquiry on your product

Dear Customer,

we are interested in purchasing some of your products to cook
island,can you send us complete catalog or website? also be informed
that our mode of payment for this order is via credit card.we anticipate,yo=
ur prompt reply to below email.

Kind Regards
George Anderson
Cook Island Top Variety Store
Address:Marie Nui Avarua,Rarotonga
cook island

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