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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: " Khun Simon <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:19:07 +0100
Subject: Arch Coal Inc.

Hello How are you doing,
It have been a long time since we last have contact,I was away for a busine=
ss trip
However, kindly send your latest cataloger so that we can choose from there=
and place our new order as soon as possible.
This order is required in our Thailand branch.
Khun Simon
Arch Coal Inc.
Contact us via our email address: =

One City Place Driv Suit
300 St. Louis

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