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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: Ms. Swal taw<>
Date: 09 Jul 2022 11:36:17 -0700
Subject: Inquire in purchasing your product

Hello  jfbelangia1998,

I came to know from some trusted sources of your possession of some high quality product. I would appreciate if you can send any information that could help me in my selection process. Please elaborate on various options along with different prices, discounts, and availability, on waiting for your timely reply.

Best Regards

Ms. Swal Taw 

(Marketing Manager)

Ayxon Integrated Service. Ltd

Ms.  Swal Taw

office no. M-04. Building No 115,
Muhammed bin Zayed City M9,
Mussaffah, PO Box 61470, Abu Dhabi
Call: +971-2-054 7330

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