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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: "Ada" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:36:47 +0800
Subject: =?GB2312?B?UmU6IE1hbnVmYWN0dXJlciBmb3IgYmF0aA==?=

Dear ,

This is Ada from SVA Metal Product CO.,LTD.

We are a manufacturer with more than 17 years experience . Our main products are stainless steel , brass , zinc alloy , bathroom clamps , brass glass accessories , bathroom handles , draw bars , floor drains , sliding door series fittings and other bathroom accessories .

We've sent e-catalog to you , please kindly check the attachment file .

Looking forward to your feed backs .

Best regards,

SVA Metal Product CO.,LTD

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