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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: Silas Theodore<>
Date: 05 Sep 2021 13:23:11 +0200

GREETINGS, bixnfleisch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

   am Silas Theodore from exelon corporation company, We are interested in your Products  which you displayed in the site and we want to purchase some of the products.
Please send us more information about your company for our ref. with your
conditions and terms as below,
*Delivery time
*Payment term ( LC or TT )
*Minimum order quantity

Best Regards,
Silas Theodore
(Supply Chain Manager)

Exelon Corporation Company
PO Box 805398
Chicago, IL 60860-5798


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