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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: "Masuda Shinyaku" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 23:09:27 +0100

Dear Prospective Representative,

I am Mr.Masuda Shinyaku, MD/CEO/PRESIDENT of Masuda Chemical Industries
Co.,Ltd. Japan.

We are a company that deal on Chemical Products and export into Canada,the
United States of America, Europe,Middle East and South America.We are
searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting
to our customers in Canada, the United States of America,
Europe,Middle East and South America as well as making payments through you
to us.

Presently, we are faced with some problems most especially with our Payment
methods as most clients we have in into Canada, the United States of
America, Europe and South America prefer to pay us with cheque rather than
cash. We find it very cumbersome in accepting such payments due to
the new monetary policy in our banking systems here in Japan and this is
crippling our business.

We have numerous customers in Canada, the United States of America, Europe
and South America and we cannot afford to loose them due to this
problem.Wehereby request for your hand in partnership to act as our
Representatives, to act as our agents who shall receive
payment on our behalf from our customers in your region.You shall be behalf
and this shall
be a continuous process. Please if you are interested in transacting
business with us, we will be very glad. Please contact us for more
information.Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity
to negotiate your mode of which we will pay you for your services as our
representative in Canada, the United States of America, Europe and South

Please to indicate your interests please send to us the following
information about yourself.
1.Full names
4.Marital Status:
5.Present occupation (Company And position)
6.Phone number/fax
7.Full contact address (not P. O. Box).
To my private email,

Upon receipt of this requested information I shall provide you with the
necessary details of how to become our representative.

Thanks In advance
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Masuda Shinyaku
Masuda Chemical Industries Co.,Ltd
Import & Export Japan.

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