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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: Mrs kath schulz <>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:25:51 +0800
Subject: Re: Urgent Inquiry

Dear Sir/Madam!

Good Morning!!!I'm Mrs kath schulz Purchase manager of Binhminhplastic
International Limited.We Wish to make some large purchase of your
products from your company, which was showed on your trade site. We
would appreciate your early reply to us in our Sales E-mail

N/B Our purchase order and specifications will be sent to you upon
receipt of your MOQ, price list, payment terms to our Sales E-mail
adress:( your reply urgently so
as to place an order.

Best Regards,
Purchase Manager
Mrs kath schulz
Sales manager:
Mrs Annie Chu
Sales E-mail:(
Head Office Address : Floors 24, ASEM Tower, World Trade Center, 517,
Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Phone: +66 2170-5900
FAX: +66 2170-5901

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