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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: Janet Brian <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 07:52:14 -0600

Dear Sir/Madam,

Am Janet Brian the Executive Director of Nico Fabrics Inc (NFI). I will like to announce a Job Opportunity proposal to you,I need a Honest On-line Representative over there to safe keep the company payment and all general records.

Secondly to receive payment from our clients over there get it cashed and put it in the company records you are subject and entitle to 10 % of each payment you receive,the more payment you receive the more the percentage you get.

As a matter of fact, the company is always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling our products to Americans because they are always offering to pay with US MONEY ORDERS and US CHECKS which is difficult for us to cash here in the UK since the last person that represents us in the US has just fallen sick and cannot continue the job.

It wouldnt cost you any amount, you are to receive payments which will be mailed to you by post from our clients, which would come in form of Money Orders or Checks then you are to cash it and send the fund to our company Via Western Union Money Transfer all western union charges will be deducted from the money.

NB: If you are interested do not hestitate to fill up the form attached below and get back to me ASAP. Endeavour to send your reply through my e-mail address below.

Here are the information require from you :


In agreement to this kindly append signature below. -------------------------------------------------------------------Nico Fabrics Inc (NFI).

If you are interested in the job offer don't hesitate to forward your information.

Janet BrianExecutive Director. NICO FABRIC INC Lochleven Mills KINROSS KY13 8GL United

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