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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: "lee fouh" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 03:12:45 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am leefouh, managing Hubei Machinery & equipment Import &
Corporation (CMEC HUBEI CO.) we are a company who deal on mechanical
equipment,hardware and minerals, electrical products, Medical &
Chemicals,light industrial products and office equipment, and export
into the Canada/America and Europe.

We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium
of getting to our costumers in the Canada/America and Europe as well as
making payments through you to us.Please if you are interested in
business with us we will be glad. Please contact us for more
information,Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the
opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your
services as our
representative in Canada/America and Europe.

Note that at no point or time will we ask you to spend any of your
personal money. Please if you are interested forward to us your phone
number/fax,occupation, your full contact addresses and age to

Thank in advance.


Managing Director

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