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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: "Ms. Stephanie Wanbach" <>
Reply-To: "Ms. Stephanie Wanbach" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:37:59 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: p107218 New order.

Hello Sir/Mma,

Please do send to us details of your products with quotation and specifications immediately to enable us proceed with order placement.
Kindly send us an email with details of:

*Minimum Order Quantity
*Your delivery time
*Payment terms
*And your products warranty

I await to hear from you urgently

Ms. Stephanie Wanbach
Sales Manager.
Telephone 090-4549-4009
FAX 03-3344-4437

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