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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: "ITOCHU CORPORATION EXPORT JAPAN" <itochubdb@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: kobayshiitochujp@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 07:15:37 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: WORK WITH US AND EARN 10% AS YOUR MONTHLY SALARY


ITOCHU CORPORATION
5-1, Kita-Aoyama 2-chome
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8077, Japan


Good day,

USA/CANADA Assistant on Financial Matter

Permit an introduction. My name is Uichiro Niwa, staff of ITOCHU
CORPORATION based here in Japan. Our company exports cement, sugar
and textile materials for world trade. We are searching for a
represen tatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to
our customers America and Canada as well as making payments through
you as our payment officer.

Most of our customers pay out in check and we do not have an account
in your country that will clear this money. Again, there is the
problem of language. This has posed a lot of problems as we have
engaged the services of interpreters which have proved not so
encouraging as we have lost a lot of money to some bad characters in
our employ.
It is upon this note that we seek your assistance to stand in as our
representative in your country.

Note that, as our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever
amount you clear for the company and the balance to be paid to us.

If you are interested in this business transaction,forwa rd to us
the information below:

1) Full names :
2) Phone:
3) Cell:
4) Fax:
5) Mailing/residential address:
6) Occupation and possition held
7) Age
8) Country

These information should be forwarded to the President and Chief
Executive Officer;



Eizo Kobayashi

President and Chief Executive Officer.
Thank you for your time.
ITOCHU Corporation.


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