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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: "art craft" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:14:37 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam.
I am Mrs Shuxia Qin, marketing manager of SOUTH ART SCENE CHINA ARTS
AND CRAFTS IMPORT / EXPORT in China. we are a group of business men and
women who deal on Chinese Arts and Crafts, and we want to expand our
business into United State,Canada,Dubai,Japan United Kingdom and
European countries. We are searching for reliable representatives who
can Help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in Your
respective country as well as making payments through you to us without
language barrier. Please if you are interested in this lucrative
business with us,we will be very glad. Please for more information
contact the President

Mr. Wang Qin

Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to
negotiate your mode of which we will pay you for your services as our
representative in your country Please if you are Interested forward to
us your phone number/fax and your full contact address.
Thanks In advance
Mrs Shuxia. Qin
Marketing Manager
Art Scene China
For more Info Contact Our WEB

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