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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: <>
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 17:18:58 -0800
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am the Chief Executive Officer of Uawithya Machinery Co.,Ltd
Established since 1968 we have developed a skilled and dedicated team as well as a reliable network of 10 Service and Distribution Centers. Uawithya is, sole Distributor for renowned World Class Manufacturers such as Furukawa, Metso Minerals, Liebherr, Sandvik, Rammer, Pewag, Terex and Wasagchemie, Due to long association with our suppliers and our thorough understanding of the working condition in Thai Quarries;

It is upon this note that we are writing you this mail to seek your assistance in representing our company in your locality as our
RECEIVING AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE.One who will act as a medium for our clients in those locality to be reaching us with their payments and so on. Note that as a receiving Agent of our company,You will be entitled to a 10 PERCENT commission of any amount you receive from our customers We seek your honest cooperation and assistance to establish a cordial relationship with our clients.To facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted,do send me by this email address:... the following:

1) Your Full name..............and present occupation............
2) Telephone number..............and Fax..............
3) Contact address................
4) Age................
5) Marital status................

Thanks In advance
Mr.Benjamin Martins
chief executive
Uawithya Machinery Co.,Ltd

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