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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: "Margret Clark(Manager Sales/Purchase)" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:33:50 -0400
Subject: Order Confirmation for PO #789100

As disused with your agent kindly find our attached order confirmation,
kindly send us the proforma invoice and bank details so that we process with the 40% advance payment as agreed
Take note of tthe items marked with Yellow and produce with the exact specifcations and drawing.
if Item no 7 not in stock feel free to make referral or replace with item number 8 adding another extra 100 pieces.
Regards .
Margret Clark
(Manager Sales/Purchase)
Phone: +44 (0)1632 89 00 22
WeChat: + +44 (0)1632 89 00 22
Phone \ WhatsApp: +44 55 3300 3900
Skype: SAS Wholesale Ltd TRADING
Fax: +44 (0)1226 361 999
Email: /
The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are confidential and are intended solely for addressee. The information may also be legally
privileged. This transmission is sent in trust, for the sole purpose of delivery to the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission
in error, any use, reproduction or dissemination of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately notify
the sender by reply e mail or phone and delete this message and its attachments, if any.

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