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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: "reid bracken" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 00:01:22 -0900
Subject: HELLO

Dear Friend,
I represent Asia Outstanding Product & Manufacturing Outsourcing
Inc. (AOPMO) based in Bangkok Thailand.Asia Source is an subsidiary of our
parent corporation and was incorporated in Thailand in 1997 to work in all
facets of international trade and product sourcing. We deal on automotive
parts,Asia plastic injection molding, Asia computer parts, Asia medical
products,etc as a branch of our numerous services.

We are searching for a representative in the America and Europe.One who will
act as a medium for our clients in those locality to be reaching us with
their payments and so on.It is upon this note that we are writing you this
mail to seek your assistance in representing our company in your locality as
our representative.Note that as a representative of our company,You will be
entitled to a 10% of any amount you receive from customers on behalf of the
company as payments for outstanding debts or goods that they are wanting to

we seek your honest cooperation and assistance to establish a cordial
relationship with our clients.To facilitate the conclusion of this
transaction if accepted,do send me by mail promptly the following.

1) Your Full name..............and present occupation.............
2) Telephone number..............and Fax..............
3) Contact address................
4) Age................
5) Marital status................
6) Lastly,letting us know if you are free from crime............

Thanks in anticipation.
Mr.Reid Bracken,
Managing Director,
Asia Outstanding Product & Manufacturing Outsourcing Inc (AOPMO)
13 Yak Sam Mit Sukhumvit Soi 16 Klongtoey,
Bangkok Thailand 10110
Tel 662-392-0674
Fax 662-392-1013

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