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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: Amara ahnau<>
Date: 02 May 2020 14:50:58 +0200
Subject: Catalog Request

Hello Manufacturer,
My name is  Ms Amara ahnau from   Kensting Trading limited 

Please send us your company product Catalogs or product website as we want to place a large volume of your product . also inform (MOQ,Price list,and ETD)

Look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Thank you.
Best Regards


Kensting Trading limited

Unit 1, 12 Lambie Drive,Papatoetoe 2104,New Zealand
Ph: (09) 262 0538

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