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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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From: "kelly" <>
Date: 8 May 2019 08:28:09 -0700
Subject: BizBuysell: Established, very reputable Custom Tailoring &
Alterations Shop

BizBuySell - Be Your Own Boss
Your contact, kelly has shared the following business-for-sale on BizBuysell:
   Established, very reputable Custom Tailoring & Alterations Shop

Asking Price: $40,000

Oakland, CA (Alameda County)

Business Description
Piedmont Avenue - Oakland
Established, very reputable Custom Tailoring & Alterations Shop on Piedmont Avenue. This shop has been an asset to its community since 1985 and has a fantastic reputation for quality and service. Located on bustling Piedmont Avenue, there is great potential for growth. The current owner has been able to make a nice living with reasonable hours and low overhead. For many years Seller had multiple independent contractors. More recently she has scaled back and is ready to retire. Seller ...

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