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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: "Cheng Huang" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 04:07:33 +0100
Subject: Representative Needed

Jiangsu Tianyin Chemical Industry Co.Ltd
Room 06-08, Floor 12B, Lijin Asia Enterprises Center,
No. 19 Wunjing Road, Shanghai, China.

I am Mr. Cheng Huang Founder of the above named company.Our head office is located in China.I am interested in employing your services to represent our company as our payment agent who can help us establish a medium of receiving payment on our behalf for goods supplied to our customers in America and Canada. Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad.However, you will be entitled to 10% of every payment that you are able to receive for us from our customers.

here is what you are expected to do if you are willing to represent the above named company: you would receive funds on the behalf of our company from our clients whom have purchased goods based on credit. the funds would always come in form of US postal money order/checques.

As soon as you receive these funds you have to take it to your bank and deposit /cash them and take away your 10% commission and transfer the balance.

We bear the cost of all transfer fees. Because of language barrier please send your reply to MR. NICHOLAS BURNS at the email address below:

We eagerly await your positive response and sincerely hope that you will work with us with all sincerity and honestly.

Warm Regards,
Mr. Cheng Huang.

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