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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: "southartscenechina company inc" <>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 23:43:03 -0500

Dear Sir/Madam.

 I am Mrs,kiao katungl, marketing manager of SOUTH ART SCENE CHINA ARTS AND CRAFTS IMPORT / EXPORT in China. we are a group of business men and women who deal on Chinese Arts and Crafts, and we want to expand our business into United State,Canada and some part of Europe.
We are searching for reliable representatives who can Help us establish a medium of getting to our customers and receiving payment from our customers who are indebted to the company in Your respective country without language barrier and communication Gap. Please if you are interested in this lucrative business with us,we will be very glad. Please for more information on what we require from our agent, you can send reply message via mail to our administrative department,Email:

On your response to our proposal you shall be given all neccessary informations on how we operate and on how payment are to be made to you as our representative as well as how we pay for your services rendered to the company as A representative. We await your swift response as soon as possible.

Thanks In advance
Mrs.kiao katungl.
Marketing Manager
Hong kong China
Tel: +86-3-0959-32401
for further enquiries
South Art Scene China Co., Ltd

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