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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: piu yeng <piuyeng1131@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <piuyeng06@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 07:49:27 -0400
Subject: INTERNATIONAL TRUSTEES NEEDED



From: Mr Piu yengChief Executive OfficerOip Crude & Allied Gas Ltd. 459 Changjiang West Road, Hefei, Hong Kong. Tel: /fax:+852-301-52339

Ref Number: REF: OC/OG/CA/2651/07.I am Mr Piu Yeng Chief Executive Officer of Oip Oil and Gas Ltd. We are OPEC member that deals on crude oil, raw materials and export to Canada, America, Europe and Australia. Our company is also into promotions and entertainments. We are looking for a reliable international trustee agent who can help us receive payments from customers that our company supplies goods and as well making Payments through you to us. Please if you are reliable and Interested in been an international trustee agent with our company, we will be glad but you have to be an honest and a trustworthy person.

Note that,as our international trustee agent, you will receive reasonable percentage and motivations on whatever amount that is paid by our debtors through you to us. Be informed that THERE IS NO FINANCIAL OBLIGATION AT YOUR END as an international trustee agent.Please, to facilitate and proceed if accepted, do send me promptly by email on piuyeng06@yahoo.com.hk.NAME.................................................................................................................... MAILING ADDRESS......................................................................................................... AGE:.................................................................................................................... STATUS:..................................................................................................................STATE/COUNTRY............................................................................................................ TEL/FAX NUMBERS.......................................................................................................... COMPANY NAME (If any)...................................................................................................OCCUPATION...............................................................................................................Thank you for your time as we are looking forward to working With you as you send your response back to us.

Mr Piu YengChief Executive Officer.
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