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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: "tracy shearer" <tracyshm9@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: netscape_crafts@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 14:21:14 +0000
Subject: INTERESTED REPRESENTATIVES WANTED.

NETSCAPE ARTS AND CRAFTS.
807 MARK FORD, KENT,
WILL MAYVILLE ESTATE,
MO1 2HS,UNITED KINGDOM.
 
Good day friend.
I am Mrs. Tracy Shearer, marketing manager of NETSCAPE ARTS AND CRAFTS IMPORT/EXPORT.in United Kingdom.
 
We are a group of business men and women who deal on Art and Craft, and we want to expand our business into Canada, United State, Japan, Dubai and other 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.
 
Please if you are interested in this lucrative business With us, we will be very glad.
Please for more information contact the President/CEO
Dr Mark Robbort.
email: netscape_crafts@hotmail.com
 
Thanks In advance
Mrs. Tracy Shearer
Marketing Manager
NETSCAPE ARTS AND CRAFTS.


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