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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:
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Raima Aadesh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:23:18 +1000
Subject: REQUEST FOR QUOTATION
Please send me a quotation and delivery period for the products list below.
All the items are needed urgently, please state the availability.
Your quick response will be appreciated.
Please check the pdf file below for the products list.
ATLAS EXPORTS (PVT) LTD.
Address: ATLAS CHAMBERS, PUGALUR ROAD,
No. 29 - J,- KARUR, Tamil Nadu, India 639001
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