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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: "Bujin Shin (MS)" <>
Date: 5 Apr 2019 00:22:52 -0700
Subject: subject: NEW ORDER


We are interested in purchasing your company's products,
attarched in here we sincerely hope to establish a long-term business relationship with your esteemed company
and we would like to see your company's latest catalogs with the Minimum Order Quantity Delivery time FOB,
payment terms warranty,

kindly send reply asap

Thanks and Best Regards,

Bujin Shin (MS)
Hwashin Bldg, 2F,
80-16 Jungangdong 4ga
Busan 600-817, South Korea
Tel: +82 51 441 0382
Fax: +82 51 441 0383

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