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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "=?big5?q?Mr.=20Liu=20Chan?=" <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 11:31:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Company representative needed!


Dear Intended partner,

On behalf of China HuaMao Arts & Crafts Organisation, it's our pleasure to introduce to you our new sales/marketing initiative as we are world leading producer and export of artificial arts and crafts. The company maintains a comprehensive database of inter-national trade in artificial arts and crafts, we export into Canada/America and some parts of Europe.

We got you email address through our company research then we said we should reach you with this proposal if you can help us, Because we are really sufing for a genuine and honest agents who are capable of sales and marketing of our goods and services in Canada, America and some parts Of Europe.

Moreso.,payments are due for amounts from the ranges of $30,000-$500,000. Most times some of our agents agree to collect debt of lower range due to the status of their account in order not to have any difficulty upon clearance of funds.With this we advice that you state to us of what range of amount your account can hold in other to avoid any flaws after our monies are collected by you then we shall give you our account coordinates for you to make a swift wired transfer to us here in China as the case may beWe aresure you that you will be entitled to a 10% commission for each collection you make which shall be deducted before any transfer is made.

Our motive is to start off from collections of outstanding debts owed by various customers willing to make out payments now after which agents shall be promoted to sales/marketing section of this programme based on their credibilities/accountabilities of debts collected/retrieved.

Please if you are interested fill the representative virification form below so that we can address your agency agreement paper well and This datas will be sent to our customers,So that they can know how to contact you easily when they are ready to make payment to you.









ZIP CODE:______?_________


CELL PHONE:________?______


HOME TEL:________?_____

EMAIL ADDRESS:_______?_______



MARITAL STATUS:____?_______

Age: ___?______

A remuneration can be worked out for your services as our overseas representative. We anticipate your earliest response in this regard.

I await your swift response asap cause many of our customers are ready to make payment now.

Mr.Liu Chan

HuaMao Arts & Crafts(CEO)

No.46 Shangnan Road, Shanggan Town

Minhou County Fujian,China

- Mr. Liu Chan

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