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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: 21 Nov 2019 02:45:25 -0800
Subject: INQUIRY 21112019

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are kindly in need of your catalog or website for our study, as we intend purchasing from your company.
Please urgently ASAP, as we are waiting...

kindly send your catalog or website to my email address below:

We are interested in buying your product.

Looking for your urgent email.

Best Regards
Susan Karen
Purchase Manager

GT Automation Group Company

Address: 19 Rue du Palais
ERMONT ÃŽle-de-France
Phone: +33 011 209981
Fax: +33 011 209981

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