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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: "JUN SHAN" <sino_steel2@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:07:23 +0000
Subject: BE OUR INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Dear sir/madam
A leading Chiness company (SSTC) that deals on importand export of various
metallurgical products,
equipments, spare parts, mechanical and electrical products, as well as
metallurgical technology into the Canada,America and Europe. are searching
for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our
costumers 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 very glad. Please contact us for more information through
NAME :MR JUN SHAN
Email:sino_desk@officeemail.net
SINO STEEL TRADING COMPANY(SSTC)
COMPANY ADDRESS: 338, YINGZE AVENUE,
YINGZE,TAIYUAN, SHANXI, CHINA.
TEL: 86-0351406202
FAX: 86-0351404324
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
phone number/fax and your full contact addresses for contact.
Warm regards,
JUN SHAN
G. Manager.
SSTC PLC


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