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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: "CHIEC HUBEI CO." <>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 08:38:36 -0800
Subject: AGENT NEEDED...

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Su Furong,we are a group of business men who deal on import and export raw materials into canada,america and europe. We are searching for Agents who can help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in the Canada,america and europe as well as making payments through you to us.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad. Please contact us for more information.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 canada, america and europe.


Mr. Su Furong
China Metallurgical
Import & Export Corporation
Hubei Company.(CHIEC HUBEI CO.)
27h Bao Feng Mansion,
299 Jingjiang Road,
Shangai, CHINA.
TEL: 8651406202
FAX: 8651404324

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