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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:

Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:26:48 +0300
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?UGV0cm9sZXVtIENvbXBhbnk=?=

Dear Sir/Ma,
Our seller have products Aviations JP54,JET 1 etc Rotterdam, 1,000,000 BLLS each USD53 $/ USD50 $ PER BL.
See below procedures for the supply.
1. Buyer issues ICPO with full banking details, CP, Company registration certificate for refinery approval. 
2. Seller issues (CI)Commercial Invoice 
3. Buyer sign Cl within 48 hours. 
4. Seller legalizes and notarizes CI by the Ministry of Energy 
5. Seller issues to Buyer following transaction documents: 
a. Statement of product availability 
b. Commitment to Supply 
c. CI legalized by the Ministry of Energy and notarized 
d. Tank Storage Receipt 
f .Authority to Sell & Collect (ATS&C) 
g. Authority to verify ( Buyer/ representative attend TTM at tank farm office) 
7. Buyer extends Seller's tank for 7 days to conduct dip test (SGS Inspection). 
8. Buyer via SGS conducts Dip Test of the product in the Seller's Tank at Buyer expense. 
8. Upon successful Dip Test and receiving SGS Report, Buyer Pays the full value of the product by MT103/TT, and title of ownership is transferred to the buyer,Seller injects the product into the Buyer's leased storage tank and Seller submits the full injection report to Buyer . 
9. Seller pays all intermediaries.

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