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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: "Waan Som" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:39:16 +0200
Subject: New Inquiry

Good day, =

We are interested in your Goods which you displayed in the site and we wan=
t to purchase some of the products on this site for our ref. please send u=
s more information about your company for our ref. please send to our comp=
any official email. =

Waiting for your timely reply =

Best Regards =

Miss Waan Som General Manager, Sales Marketing Siam International Public C=
ompany Limited Address:51 Moo 2, Poochao Rd., Bangyaprak, Phrapradaeng, Sam=
utprakarn 10130, Thailand Tel : +66(0) 2384-2876, 2384-3730, 2384-4040 Fax =
: +66(0) 2384-2330, 2364-2173 email: address:

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