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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: "Sandeep Gill" <>
Reply-To: Email ADMIN <>
Date: 05 Dec 2019 02:26:45 +0100
Subject: Ref: Our Purchase Order: KW1/PO/1757, Dt.04.12.2019

Dear Sir,

Kindly view / acknowledge the attachment of our above Purchase
Order and arrange to supply us the ordered items at the earliest
basis and forward us the dispatch details by mail for our follow-

Please treat this as urgent.

(Note: Please issue your Invoice in the Name of "M/s. CHETTINAD

With regards,
Yumi Zheng
Asst. General Manager
Purchase & Stores Department,
Chettinad Cement Corporation Private Ltd.,
Rani Meyyammai Nagar,
Karikkali (PO), PIN: 624703
Guziliamparai (Via)
Dindigul (Dist),Tamilnadu,India
Tel: 04551-234441, 234431, 234603, 234609 (DIR)
Fax: 04551-234789, 234440, 234608
Cell: 9788857970

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