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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "RECRIUTMENT DEPARTMENT" <recruitment_eastgracecoporation@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2005 01:09:34 +0000
Subject: AGENT REQUIRED...EASTGRACE CORPORATION.

EASTGRACE CORPORATION INTL.
 
                                                                                       Our Ref: EGCI/48/2779.
 
Dear Sir/Madam.
Top of the day to you.

I am Sir John Barnes, Foreign Transaction Officer of EastGrace Corporation(a company based in Asia). Our Company is specialized in import and export of machinery & equipment, communication accessories and household appliances. We also deal on mechanical equipment, hardware and minerals,electrical products, medical & chemicals, light industrial products and office equipment, and export into Canada, America and Europe, therefore being a General Merchantile Company.
 
We currently run our business from  Asia and Europe but I will be communicating with you from our United Kingdom Office where I am currently located for now. We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in Canada, America and Europe as well as making payments through you to us.
Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be most glad to be your partners.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 representative in Canada, America and Europe.
 
If you are interested, kindly forward to us your full names,direct phone number/fax and your full contact addresses. Please note that your areas of specialization or occupation is of no relevance to resolve to assisting  us.
Thanks in advance
 
Sir John Barnes
(Foreign Transaction Officer)
EastGrace Corporation INTL.

 
FOR SAFETY AND CONFIDENTIAL REASONS PLEASE SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO ONLY MY DIRECT AND CONFIDENTAIL EMAIL ADDRESS AT: recruitmentagent@cooperation.net

Sincerely.
 

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