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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: "Wendy Zhang" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2023 02:54:01 -0700
Subject: Re: New Order Inquiry

This is Wendy Zhang from Taiwan trade, we are short of suppliers wordwide!
We would like to confirm first if your company has returned back to factor=
y, and we hope that the Corona Virus has not caused too many casualties in =
your country, Our prayers are with you.
We would like to request you to offer the best price according to the Orde=
r Sheets, drawing& Product Specification as attched for our upcoming Trade =
Show projects.
It's very urgent please check attached files & specifications and reply me.
Kindly quote us your best offer, catalog and ETD.
1) FOB Price in USD
2) Delivery Conditions and terms.
3) Payment terms.
4) Offer validity.
5) Shipping Port
6) Are you able to keep our Specification demands on the product marked in =
7) inform each item if you are producing it regularly- yes/no

Have a look to the requirements and let us know if you have any update.

We are planning on visiting your factory/office on November
Have a nice time !
Best regards
Anita Zhang | Import/Export Manager

7 Fl., 333 Keelung Rd., Sec. 1, =

Taipei 11012, Taiwan

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