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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: "Chris Zielinski" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2019 04:48:22 -0500
Subject: Purchase Order

Dear: Sir/Madam,

As per attachment is the confirmation copy of Revised Order # BP094763455.
Pls notify us ETA.

1.Please send two copies of your invoice.

2.Enter this order in accordance with the prices, terms, deliverymethod, and specifications listed above.

3.Please notify us immediately if you are unable to ship asspecified.

Best Regards,

Chris Zielinski.
Business Development Manager - Export

Applied Industrial Technologies Pty Ltd
282 Beatty Rd, Archerfield, Qld 4108

Tel: +1 205 564 6207
Mobile: +1 0403 091 921
Fax: +1 406 706 3845

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