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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Bessie ." <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 11:56:58 +0000
Subject: WE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR PRODUCTS
In regards to my Enquiry we need this product urgently before this month runs out and kindly get back to us as soon as possible with a quotation on each.
My secretary told me so much about your company and we decided to purchase from you and hope you will give us a good quotation.
I am Mrs. Rose Steven, Purchase Manager at The Denso Trading Company LTD, USA.
I have gone through your website and product page and We are seriously interested in ordering from your company
Please send us your full Products catalogs, As we want to buy your product and ship to (Vietnam) AND Angola in
Click or Copy and Paste in your Url Tab to view and download it.
Note: below our data Webpage below to find our LPO Orders urgently:
Kindly access it correctly as if you are accessing inside an email inbox correctly with your company business email that was registered on it to enable you to view it thats how it was configured with your company email but note if you access it wrong it will not permit you to access it.
Please do send us details of your products and company Details to our email company firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
waiting for your early response Asap.
Mrs. ROSE STEVEN
( Vice Director)
Denso Trading Company LTD
Visoukan Road, Phoxay Village, Kaisonphomvihan District, Savannakhet
province, Lao PDR.USA