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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: micheal powell <>
Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 14:45:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Job Offer

My name is Micheal Powell, I am the Personnel Manager of Alton & Co. We are looking for a reliable professional across the United States and united kingdom. Alton & Co. is a fabric and textile supplier in United Kingdom and we are currently expanding our operations in the United States. But because of various banking and legal restrictions, we are unable to open commercial bank accounts in every states. As such, Alton & Co. is recruiting worker to
conduct simple banking transactions on our behalf. The process is simple. If you are interested in working with us, here are the qualities of applicant we are searching for :

Perform responsible accounting clerical work involving the maintenance of financial or statistical records for the company's accounting system.

Knowledge of bookkeeping principles and practices. Knowledge of spreadsheets and on-line accounting systems. Knowledge of accounting forms and procedures of the institutions. Skill in operating office equipment. Ability to follow oral and written instructions and apply institutional and other policies accurately. Ability to perform arithmetic computations. Ability to gather and display data in appropriate format and keep accurate records. Ability to exercise functional supervision over employees. Ability to communicate effectively with staff and the public.

1. Recieve payment from Clients
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to (Payment is to be forwarded either by Money
Gram or Western Union Money Transfer).

10% from each operation! For instance: you receive $5000 via cheques or money orders on our behalf. You will cash the money and keep $500 (10% from $5000) for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, though later it will increase up to 12%!

You do not have to go out as you will work right from your home office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up to $3000-4000 monthly depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start. The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us.

-18 years or older which you have scaled through
-Knowledge of book keeping and accounting
-Legally capable
-Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
-With PC knowledge
-E-mail and internet experience (minimal)

Thanks for your anticipated action. And we hope to hear back from you.

Best Regards,
Micheal Powell
Personnel Manager
Alton & Co.

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