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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: "stake consultancy" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 12:14:58 -0500
Subject: urgent response needed................

Dear Sir/Ma,

Our noncommercial enterprise has been engaging in
organization and maintenance of shelters for stray
dogs and cats for more than 12 years in one of the
countries of the former Soviet Union. For the time
we've constructed 18 shelters which maintenance, as
you see, costs much. The more so we constantly
increase the quantity of such shelters in different
cities. And we have a lot of sponsors among
businessmen and ordinary people who render us
feasible material support.

But the legislation of our country does not attribute
our work to charitable kinds of activity. Therefore
any our sponsor wishing to transfer the money to our
account is exposed to the barbarous taxation which
size makes up 48 % of the transferred sum. And it
doesn't include taxes to which our enterprise
undergoes when using these funds. It is quite clear
that suffering animals reach a mere trifle of these
donations. And it besides that our cities are full
of the sick and hungry animals eating garbage on
cesspits that our legislators do not care a fig.

Therefore we have come to a decision to engage people
who could fulfill not complicated work of short
duration as our financial agents. Our sponsors could
transfer means for us to your bank account and you,
in your turn, could send the means to our agents
addresses to Russia and other parts of the world.
The mediation doesnt require any
investments on your part. Moreover we are ready to
pay to you for this work not less than 10% of the sum
sent by you and, naturally, to cover all your expenses
bound up with sending the money to our address.

Our requirements are simple: you should be over 20 year
of age and you should love animals very much. Thus we
can avoid the barbarous taxation of our country and
above all help poor animals. If you are ready to work
together with us and have some spare time fill in the
resume stated below. If you satisfy our conditions we
send you our employment agreement with gratitude and
explain all circumstances of your future work with us
in details.

Your company name:
First name:
Last name:
Land phone:
Cell phone:
Hours available for telephone interviews:


Best wishes,

Stacy Goldberg,
Noncommercial Enterprise "Harmony"


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