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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:

Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 11:36:43 +0000

132 Wuai Road,
Yiwu City,
Zhejiang Province. China


Compliments of the day, and my best wishes to you. I am Mrs. jaen
pong The Public Relation Officer (PRO.) of the above company. This
is into the supply of Home Textiles, Engine Parts, Stationery and china
wares.This company was established in 2004.underthe Company and Allied
Matter with the Corporate Affairs Commissions of China.

Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you
hoping that you will find this proposal interesting. we are interested
employing your services to work with us as a private payment agent that
can help us establish a medium of receiving payment for goods that was
supplied to our customers in in your location,as the company is already
experiencing difficulties in receiving payments from them.

Most of our customers pay out in cheques and money orders and we do
not have an account in your country that will clear this money. It is
upon this note that we seek your assistance to stand in as our
representative in your country. It is important to let you know that,
as our
representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for
company and the balance will be for the company.

Please if you are interested to work with us in good faith and
honesty, Contact Mr. Wu Fubin Executive Officer (CEO.) of this
Through this email address:

Endeavor to let him know that I directed you to him; Please let him
know your decision rather than keeping him waiting because I will
him about my contacting you. The CEO. Will tell you more on receipt of
your response. If you are not interested, kindly pardon me for
contacting you. Thanks for your time and remain blessed.

Very Respectfully,

Mrs. jaen pong (PRO).
Yiwu Menglei Import
& Export Co., Ltd.
Goods for Import,
Freight Fwdg. Svcs

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