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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: Tien Dong <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:52:59 -0700
Subject: New order

Dear supplier,
We are glad to see that you are a manufactural of some of the product that =
we need. =

We are looking for a new supplier who can meet up with our current buying d=
Kindly send your catalog and inform us the Minimum Order Quantity, Delivery=
time and Payment terms.
Your early reply is highly appreciated.
Best regards,
Tien Dong
Intrade Holdings
7095 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33166 USA.
Tel: +1 938 238 5996

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