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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: "Cepai Group Co.,Ltd" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 21:32:38 -0700
Subject: Advance payment

FYI. =


Thanks & Kind Regards, =


Shirley Zheng Sales Account Manager
Cepai Group Co.,Ltd. =

Direct Line: +86 (0)517-8090-5607
Fax: +86 (0)517-8090-9900 =

Mob: +86 182 2195 2049 =

Head office: F15th, No.2281 Zhongshan Road(West), Shanghai,China
Factory: No.333.Jianshe Road(West),Economic Development Zone of Jinhu, Jian=
gSu, China

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