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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: Miss Anna James <>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 03:23:40 +0000
Subject: New Product Inquiry

Dear Hello , 

How are you? We are in need of your products,Kindly send us your FOB and MOQ so that we can place our order.

Looking forward to your response asap.

Best Regards,

Miss Anna James
(Purchasing Manager)

Nichols Import & Export Company Ltd.
Email Address :
Phone: (360) 331-5500
Company address : 5400 South Cameron Rd
Freeland, WA 98249

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