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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: "Mr. Lin Yang" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 18:06:46 +0100
Subject: We want representatives.

Dear ine.veen,

Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Lin Yang, we are a group of business men who deal on import andexport raw materials into
canada,america and europe. We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium
of getting to ourcostumers in the Canada,America and Europe as well as making payments through you
to us.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we willbe very glad. Please contact us for
more information.Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity tonegotiate your mode of
which wewill pay for yourservices as our representative in canada,america and europe.

Mr. Lin Yang
China Metallurgical

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