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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: "Mazin Hussein" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2021 22:00:31 -0700
Subject: We want to buy your products

Dear Supplier,

I am contacting you to take part in the ongoing rebuilding of our great country Iraq, after many years of conflicts by supplying your products here in Iraq.

We are determined to purchase your products in large quantities. A consideration also is that your quotation must be CIF Port of Umm Qasr.

Get back to me with your products name and prices.


Mazin Hussein

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