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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: ASTRA CHEMICALS LIMITED <astra@astrachemicalslimited.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 02:45:18 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED!!!


Good Day,
How are you today? As regards my mail to you,we own a company in the China which is into export of chemicals/raw materials to other companies especially in Canada,Austarlia,Europe and America.We normally encounter problems when been paid, because it takes a while for American checks to clear here in the China so this has prompted us to search for a payment agent in Canada,Australia,Europe and America who would stand on behalf of the company.
Presently,we are been owed over $700,000 Dollars and our debtors in question has agreed to begin instalmental payment.If you are willing to assist,you would be paid 5% of the total sum you collect on behalf of the company.
All you have to do is send us
NAME:..............................................................................................
COMPANY NAME:.........................................................................
ADDRESS:........................................................................................
CITY:.................................................................................................
STATE:..…........................................................................................
ZIPCODE..........................................................................................
COUNTRY:.......................................................................................
TEL:...................................................................................................
FAX:...........................…....................................................................
EMAILADDRESS:...........................................................................
WEBSITE:..........................................................................................
OCCUPATION: ..........................…..................................................
MARITAL STATUS: ........................................................................
DATE OF BIRTH: ............................................................................
SIGNATURE(TYPE IN YOUR NAMES): ......................................
DATE:...................…..........................................................................
Very Respectfully, Once you have done this,we would instruct the company/our customers to send payments/checks to you which you would deposit into your account.When the check clears you would then pay the balance (after you have deducted your fee ) into an account which we shall provide for you.
Note that the info you shall provide shall be subject to final approval because we are skeptical of the high rate of internet fraud going on these days. On our receipt of your mail we will inform you on the next step to follow as regards our approval for you to being our representative.
Since you have shown an interest in our offer, we would want to know if you would be able to keep to the above mentioned rules of the company which are QUALITY and ENVIROMENTAL STANDARDIZATION which includes:
A strong commitment to health and safety - at Astra Chemicals we believe in safety above all.
A commitment to delivering what you promise.
A passion for change and innovative thinking.
Respect for others.
Care for the environment.
Good teamwork, coupled with the ability to communicate well and build
good relationships.
An exceptional work ethic.
If you know you would be able to meet up with these conditions, write to our export office in Japan astra_chemicals_ltd1@yahoo.com.hk with your full names and address, phone numbers as well so that an acceptance file would be opened for you. This file contains your representative code and all other information the company has about you. We have also forward to them at export office your representative interest with our company.
Note that this is very essential because without your representative code, you would not be able to act on behalf of the company even after you have successfully met with the company laid down principles.
Thanks for your time and hope this is the beginning of a mutual beneficial business relationship.
I shall await your urgent response.
Faithfully Yours,
Mr.Chris Hui.

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