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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: "Sichuan Liaofu Steel Industry" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:34:48 -0800

I am Lan Deans from Sichuan Liaofu Special Steel Industry Company Ltd Chin.we have carefully gone through your catalog and accepted you to be our supplier.I am contacting you on behalf of our partner to initiate an order transaction.
View  the link and email me your best quotation and let me know the price with MOQ, FOB.We will be visiting your office for further co-operation.
Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.
If you have any query,please feel free to contact us.
Thank you & Best Regard,
Lan Deans,
Market Development Officer,
Sichuan Liaofu Special Steel Industry Co.,Ltd.
Address: Room 1011,Liangli Steel Trading Mansion C,
No. 6, Jinfeng Road,Jinniu District,Chengdu,Sichuan,china

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