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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: "leu cheng" <leucheng@cmiecinternational.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 01:40:20 +0000
Subject: Hello

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am MR.Leu cheng, We are a group of business men who deal on import
and export of raw materials into the Canada/America and Europe.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium
of getting to our customers in the 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 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 representative in Canada/America and
Europe.
Please if you are interested forward to us your informations below:

FULL NAME:
COMPANY NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
PHONE:
CELL:
FAX:
Thanks In advance.
MR.Leu Cheng
MANAGER.
Email Address;leucheng4000@yahoo.com.cn
338 YINGZE AVENUE,
YINGZE, TAIYUAN,
SHANXI, CHINA.


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