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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: Walker Smith <walker@walkersmith.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:16:26 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Hi


Good day,
I am Mr. Walker Smith of Shenzen Import & Export. We are a group of businessmen who deal on raw materials and export into Canada, America/Europe. We have decided to search for a representative who can help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in the United State of America and Canada, as well as making payments through you to us. If you are interested in transacting business with us, it will be our pressure. Kindly contact us via this email: walkersmith23@myway.com
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 America/Canada.
Interested person should contact us. Any questions are ready to be answer
We will await your reply
If your interest to this proposal is affirmative, forward to us.
1. Full names
2. Full postal/mailing address
3. Contact telephone/fax numbers
4. Date of birth
5. Company Name: (If any)
6. Company Address: (If any)
Thank you.
Walker Smith.
Please you can reach me with this e-mail address
walkersmith23@myway.com

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