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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: John <>
Date: 22 Nov 2021 23:22:40 +0100
Subject: New factory order Ex-work

Good morning,
I'm John Stone, general manager of HEINRICH TRADING GROUP LTD
In regards to recommendation from our partner company, Please find below as attach our inquiry items with specifications.
Confirm availability of items, and send quotation with good price.

Best Regards
Ahmed Trading Group
Address: 47 Jongno, Jongro-gu, Seoul 110-702, Korea
Phone: +82 2 3702 4185

.Sent from Samsung

 Quotation .Xlsx       Specifiations.Xlsx              

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