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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: Fatoumata Rahim <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:13:17 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

This is johnson lioa,from Import & Export Co, Ltd. our company has been in
Saudi Arabia, Cairo Egypt, Dubai UAE, for many years.
We have gone through your website and are interested in your
products. We want to make a large order for long term import
please click on our Purchase Order link and log in with your valid company
email and password to see our quantities,quality and design as specified. ;
Please provide us with the
We expect to hear from you shortly to enable us offset with the purchase
arrangement / agreement once the price is competitive and we get your
assurance on the quality of the products okay.
following information:Please contact us via ;

1. Prices FOB x²
2. Payment Terms
3. Handling Time
4. Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)
5. Specified delivery date from the Date of Order
We would appreciate a quick reply.
Thank You !
Best Regards

Mr Sergio,
ABB Arab Factories
PO Box 415
Industrial Zone
Ramadan City
Parcel Identification Number: 1616311003456

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