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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. Shigeki Mori" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 21:20:04 +0200
Subject: Please Read


I am Mr. Shigeki Mori Representative Executive Officer of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. I have a business transaction i will like to discuss with you that is worth $15,000,000.00 if only you have a big heart and you willing to make money as well then i will be willing to discuss details with you but this must be a top secret that you must take only to the grave if you decide to proceed with this transaction.

Please if interested send your response to my private email: and more information will be sent to you.


Mr. Shigeki Mori
Representative Executive Officer
Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.
6 Anesakikaigan, Ichihara, Chiba, Japan 299-0107
Tel: +81 836 61 1090

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