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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: "Mr Alejandro Bayani E" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:33:55 -0800

Dear Sir,Madam
Good Day!
There is an on-going invitation to tender in Philippine.The Philippine government is looking for a reputable company/individual who  can do a contract supply of your products to them through the "National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)" on contract supply basis.
Payment of every government procurement tender in Philippine is by 100% bank transfer in advance immediately every contract formalities are completed.
Kindly let me know if your company is interested to handle the government contract that i may provide you with more details of the tender and about our activities.we are looking forward to working with your company as to develop a business relationship based on trust and mutual understanding
Mr Alejandro Bayani E
(Procurement Agent)
Penhouse 369 Sen.Gil
Puyat Avenue,Makati City,
Tel: +630773764304V

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