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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Dr Frank Chang" <frank_chang@keko.net> (may be fake)
Reply-To: sales_sinosteeltrade@mail2world.com
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 00:44:41 +0100
Subject: BE OUR REPRESENTATIVE


Dear Sir/Madam

I am Dr Frank Chang, we got your email via business directory.
We are a group(co-operative) we recently have two years
contract to export Textile, Crafts and Art works into Canadian
and American Industrial market. We are searching for presentatives who
can help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in these
areas of payments.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with us, we will
be very glad. Please contact us for more information. Subject to your satisfaction
you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for
your services as our official representative in your province.

Thanks and God bless you.

Dr. Frank Chang
Sales Manager
SINOSTEEL TRADING COMPNAY
Subsidiary Of: CHINA METALLURGICAL IMPORT & EXPORT


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