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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: "Sara"<>
Date: 29 Sep 2021 01:45:19 -0400
Subject: Re: re: Correction

Good day bixnfleisch,

Please send us the correct CI and PL separated this one we got through our agent from you, is not correct It does not tally with our goods;
we are going to have problem with customs because of this.
Also remember to reduce the value amount, if not the charge will be ridiculous.





Sara Zennaro

O.M.N. Officin Meccaniche S.r.l.

Via F. Santi, 20 - Z.I. Bassette
48123 Ravenna (Italy)

Tel.  +39 0564 456900 - Fax +39 0564 456627




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