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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: Asda Stores Ltd <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 22:09:33 -0800


Asda Stores Ltd. trading as Asda, is a British supermarket retailer,
headquartered in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Our Suppliers and Partners are well established and prestigious
businesses operating within retail marketplace. Therefore
we always expect all our suppliers to maintain high-quality products
to fulfill customers' desires.

Advise if you could supply us a large quantity of your products as we
are looking to add in new brands to attract new clients and also
retain our in house based customers and build more partnerships.

We want to become one of your regular distributors.and would
appreciate it if you could forward us your products catalog or stock
list as soon as possible.

Waiting for your feedback.

Best regards,

David Simmons
Purchasing Director - Partnership Services

Direct-line: +44 (0)744 894 6750
Phone: +44 (0)203 086 8275
Fax: +44 (0)20 7387 7923


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If you are not an intended recipient, please be advised that any use,
dissemination, forwarding or copying of this e-mail is strictly
prohibited. Internet e-mails are not necessarily secure and Asda
stores limited does not accept responsibility for changes made to this
message after it was sent.

Please note that incoming and outgoing electronic mail messages may be
monitored. Should you receive this transmission in error, notify the
sender immediately.

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