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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:45:20 +0000

Dear Prospective Representative,


First and foremost, I will like to introduce to you
''Anhui Guofeng Plastic Industry ''. Anhui Guofeng Group Co.Ltd
is the State Key High-tech Enterprise and one of 18 Anhui
Provincial Enterprise Groups and based in China and this
commenced operations in 1984. We are into Plastic profile,
Plastic film, Plastic pipe, power wire and non-metallic
material production which is majorly imported from
Asia and sold to our numerous customers all over the World.

Presently, we are faced with some problems most
especially with our Payment methods as most clients
we have in the United States/Canada prefer to
pay us with cheque rather than cash. We find it very
cumbersome in accepting such payments due to the
new monetary policy in our banking systems here in
China and this is crippling our business. We have numerous
customers in the United States/Canada and we cannot
afford to loose them due to this problem.

We hereby request for your hand in partnership to act
as our payment Representatives (Anhui Guofeng Plastic Industry),
to act as our clients who shall receive payment on
our behalf from our customers in the United States
and Canada. You shall be entitled to 10% of each payment
you receive on our behalf and this shall be a continuous process.

Upon receipt of this requested information, we shall provide
you with the necessary details of how to become our
representative. For official purpose, please send your
response and acceptance via same email for futher proceedure.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Chang Tao-Chung
Sales Manager
Anhui Guofeng Plastic Industry.

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