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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: "Martin Star"<>
Date: 8 Sep 2022 07:57:14 -0700

Good Day

Some of your previous buyers recommended your company to us and we want to start a long term business with your company.

Please let us know if you are the person responsible for quotes, otherwise kindly redirect us to the rightful persons or offices.

We shall make available a list of our requirements upon your response.


Warm regards,

Martin Star

Sales Manager

Super Medic Ltd

Plot No. 14, Bambo Road , Kampala (U)

Fax: +256-414-346952

Mobile: +256-716700803


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