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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: "oliver copper" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 11:38:41 +0100
Subject: Part Time Job Offer/Work From Home

Dear Prospective Agent,
My name is Oliver Copper  I came across  your email address and your brief profile through an email listing affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce and The management of BLUE OCEAN GROUPS, a global oriented petroleum based  company with major dealings in export of Petroleum products, for world  trade as well as import/export of various odities into America/Canada/Europe, as part of our on going expansion project are in search of competent and efficient proxies, who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in united States  with primary duties
to include receipt of funds from our clients.
Sequel to your acceptance of this offer you will be pleased to know that the remuneration package for your services is very attractive and you will stand in good stead, when the opportunity for securing a top management position arises, as we intend to put in place structures, in terms of human resources and physical facilities in your location depending on our rate of turnover.
Your task is to only co-ordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process.
You will not be invloved in any sales as our sales manager are in charge of that aspect for the company.
Note that, if finally approved as our collection agent, you are entitled to 10% of whatever amount you receive from customers who are making payments for outstanding debt on behalf of the company.Instructions to remit the company\'s balance 90% will be given to you, We understand it is an unusual and incredible job position.
This job takes only 3-7 hours per week. You\'ll have a lot of free time doing your permanent job, you\'ll also secure good income in the process.  You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home office.Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up to$3000-4000 monthly depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start.The employees who make efforts and work hard have astrong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us.

If you are interested to handle this position for The Blue Ocean Group please, I would appreciate you forwarding to me your full contact address on the form below via this Email:(
Your earliest response in the affirmative would be welcome.
Full Name:_____________________________
Marital Status ___________________________
Phone number:__________________________
Contact Addresse:_______________________
You will be contacted in less than 24 hours of your reply. Please also let us know the best time to reach you on phone especially as we have a different time. Thank you for your time.
Kind regards,
Mr. Oliver Copper.
The President/Manager

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