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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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Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 11:50:56 +0200 (MEST)

Part time Job Opportunity

My name is Larry Smith. I just came about your
email address through an online email listing and I would be very
interested in offering you a part-time paying job in which you could
earn allot without quitting your present Job or having problem
with your employers.

I am a man with 4 kids all boys and the love of my
life, my wife. I am a some what multitalented man and I do quite a lot
of traveling and get to meet quite a lot of people.I just resigned
my job as a research scientist but I still work as a freelance
consultant for the institute which gives me very much time to do my own
work which is basically being a freelance researcher who could be
employed by research institutes to do research projects anywhere
in the world.

I reside in Ireland, Dublin even though I have lived
most of my life in other parts of the world, I am fully residing in
Ireland. Presently, I have just been granted a funding to head a research
project in the tropical regions of West Africa.

However my funding were by my American counterparts
who send me the bunch of payments mostly in US based money

Getting an accountant in the states or opening an
account would have been my best choice but I have a deadline to meet
and taking any of those choices would cost me time and a whole
lot of other requirements. I am not ready to deal with, as I would
be traveling a lot in the meantime.So presently, assuming you would
be able to deal with cash, I would be willing to employ you on
contract basis to be my payment representative back in the states,

this way I could issue and make payments in form of Money Orders,
Cashier's Check,etc out to you, you could then cash them easily,
withdraw 10% of the total amount on these payment instruments as your
commission and then send the rest back to me through wire
transfer.Please, bear it in mind that we would be dealing with quite a handful
of cash and you could be making up to $5000 just working with me
in a short period of time within 2-3 weeks.

I would be glad if you accept my proposal and I intend
to period of time within 2-3 weeks

interested, please email me back so we could make

Thank You
Scott Young
+44 7031910655


If You are interested, Kindly provide me with and
Send your response to:

Name: Larry Smith

Your Name........

Your Address (NOT P.O Box)

City, State, Zip........

Age Above 21...........


Contact Numbers........

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