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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: "Mr Mao Cheng" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 03:19:22 +0200

Matroc Technical Ceramics Company Ltd.
158 jiajian road, Shanghai
Fax: +86-21-59703241

I am Mr. Yeo Mao
Cheng, Managing Director of Matroc Technical Ceramics Co. Ltd, we
in the production of high quality technical ceramic
products and export into the Canada/ America, Europe, Australia and
Asia continent.We are searching for representatives who can help us
establish a
medium of getting to our customers in the Canada/America,
Europe and Australia as well as making payments through you to us. A
lot of Credit is being owe our company ranging to the tune of USD$56.5
million. This amount is owed us by individuals and co operates bodies
(clients) all over Canada/America, Europe, Australia and Asia
continent. This has led us to search for the position of the
representative/payment Agent in your region. please if you are
interested in representing us, we will be very glad.Please contact us
for more information. You will be given the opportunity to negotiate
your mode of which we will be paying you for your services as our
representative in your region. Send to us your phone number/fax and
your full contact address. our email address is stated below.
Thanks in advance
Mr. Yeo Mao Cheng.
Director of Matroc Technical Ceramics Co. Ltd.

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