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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Gabriel Bugala" <email@example.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2021 04:03:17 -0700
Subject: WE NEED SUPPLIERS FOR PHIRALCIL SOLUTION
Greetings and compliments of the day,
We are looking for steady suppliers of products to our company which
will be on monthly bases supply of the raw material that we need in
our company so I need you to partner with me, my company is in need of
a product,a Liquid raw material the name of the product is phiralcil
solution which is also found in India.
My company ran out of stock of this product which we have been using
for different production for fuel upgrade, for animal food supplements
and vaccines, is a multi purpose product and also for research . Due
to some problems between my company and the purchasing Manager who
uses to purchase this product on behalf of my company from the Indian
dealer in India left my company .
As soon as i hear from you i will give you more details if you only
show your interest to be our company supplier regards to the phiralcil
solution product which is also found in India.
I wait to hear from you as soon as possible.
Mr. Gabriel Bugala