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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: "Keiichi Kawai" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 13:40:39 +0000
Subject: Business/Job


Top of the day to you. There is this New Potential Opportunity (Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd) is offering in USA and I think you will be interested in. To know more about the position, kindly indicate your interest.

Note: The Business Opportunity will only take few minutes of your time while you earn extra income doing your normal Business/Job. It is also what you can do at your free time.

Best Regards,
Keiichi Kawai
Director, Executive Officer
Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd
T: +81 4-2310-5333 x112
M: +81 3-4540-0903

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