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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: "INFO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2018 08:00:17 -0800
Subject: Looking for product wholesalers in Europe


I am a global products purchase search agent for companies in Europe.

I am working on behalf of companies looking to buy (Office Furniture, Laptops, Smart-Phones, TVs, Air Conditioner, Perfumes, Lighters, Tiles Marbles, Wooden Floors, Fashion items, Shoes, Clothes, Watches etc...) from Europe. I assist them to get wholesale companies dealing on products they want to purchase. .

Please note, the selling company have to be in Europe or companies out side Europe that have warehouse supply location in Europe they can supply from.

If you have above products and your company is located in Europe or have warehouse you can supply from in Europe. Then respond for link to the purchasing company in Europe for product purchasing details.

Waiting for your feedback if you meet the criteria,

Best regards.
Tony Smith

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