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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: "Woo Chang" <woochang@cmiecimportexport.com>
Reply-To: woo_chang07@yahoo.com.hk
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 03:32:02 +0000
Subject: MUTUAL BENEFIT

38, YINGZE AVENUE,
YINGZE,TAIYUAN,
SHANXI. CHINA.



CHINA METALLURGICAL IMPORT & EXPORT CORPORATION

Dear Sir/madam

Compliments of the season. it is a pleasure to write to you in respect of
our company china metallurgical import and export we are expertize in the
sale of raw materials, we export into the canada/america/parts europe.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of
getting our funds from our costumers in the canada/america/europe as well as
making payments through you to us. Please if interested in transacting
business in view helpings us,so our clients could make payment to you being
a representative to us we will be very glad and adequate compensations will
be given and other benefits as follows 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/europe. if interested forward to us your phone number/fax and
your full contact addresses.
I look forward to your Prompt response to this proposal via
woo_chang07@yahoo.com.hk


Regards,

Mr Woo Chang



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