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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: Paul Lin <>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:25:56 -0500
Subject: Collections Officer Urgently Needed

Hello, =


I am Paul Lin , Recruitment Manager for Chalco Limited, one of the leadin=
g company's in China=2019s non-ferrous/aluminum industry. Our business need=
s a reputable individual or company in the United States/Canada to act in t=
he capacity of a Collections Manager/ account receivable agent owing to sta=
keholders need. As a Collections Officer, you will be responsible for the =
collection of all outstanding invoices due to Chalco in North America. =

Compensations will be given as well as other benefits. =

Kindly reply to this email if interested to discuss this opportunity furth=
er. Please feel free to visit our website at for more inf=
ormation about JSG. =

For quick correspondence, it is important you email us directly (paul.lin@= =

Please be advised that this is a work from home opportunity =

We look forward to hearing from you. =

Kind Regards, Paul Lin
Recruitment Manager Aluminum Corporation of China Limited Haidian Distri=
ct Xizhimen North Street No. 62 City Beijing, China Email: paul.lin@chalc= Tel: 00852 3018 4600 =20

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