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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: martina<>
Date: 11 Oct 2022 03:14:52 +0200
Subject: inquiry


Wishing you a great week ahead!

We are glad to know about your company from the web and we are interested in your products.
Could you kindly send us your Latest catalog and price list for our trial order, so that we will
limit ourselves on the size of birds we can keep inside of these new aviaries.

We are here to place our order, kindly send us the available product with a price tag,

Do you sell/ship to Austria?

Would it be possible to receive some samples of each size? If so, our address is:

Purchase & Logistics department
Ladovino Import / Export S.
Palais Trautson
Museumstraße 7
salzburg Austria

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