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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: Nicolas Owen<>
Date: 13 Apr 2021 17:54:10 +0200


Hello bixnfleisch,

Greetings to you,

I'm Nicolas from GST USA LLC,

We have an urgent supply of your product

Could you kindly send your price list along with the latest catalog

Looking forward to your response asap.

Your immediate reply will be highly appreciated, Hoping to hear from your soonest.

Thanks & Regards.

Nicolas Owen
(purchasing Manager)

Global Systems Technologies, Inc. (GST)


One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street,

Suite 8500,New York City NY 10007 U.S.A.

Call : Tel : +1 212 208 6871

Mail :


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