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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:

Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 07:53:14 -0700
Subject: Order no. RFCLPO/0529/18

Dear Sir, =


Please find attached our order no. RFCLPO/0529/18 and acknowledge receipt b=
y return.

We await your early order confirmation.


Ali Raza Gilani | Manager Materials | Al-Ahleia Switchgear Co.|
Subhan Industrial Area | P.O. Box. 25876 Safat 13119 | Kuwait.|
Tel: + 965 1822 600 Ext 203 / 140 | Fax: + 965 24761963, 24723029|
E-mail: | Web:|

We are certified for
ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System standard
ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System standard
ISO 29001:2010 Petroleum, Petrochemicals & Natural Gas industries QMS stan=
OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series


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