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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: Addison Gabriel<>
Date: 17 Apr 2020 13:07:08 -0700

Dear supplier, I got your contact from my intricate research and also currently sourcing from other business site as well. I am interested in placing some orders with your company and will like to review your products catalogue. I request you to provide me with your company profile , updated product catalog with sample pictures and price list.? I am anxiously waiting for the reply with detailed price to enable me process my order. looking forward to your productive reply. Thanks, WITH REGARDS MARTIN Sacramento AV. Chicago. +1(903)634-7808

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