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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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Fraud email example:

From: sola smith <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 22:02:43 -0400
Subject: JOB OFFER

Hello, I am Sola Smith,Director/CEO of "Arts and Crafts Inc.My company deals with Art designs,African crafts and musical instruments,sales and supplies.Our headquarters is in London and we also have stores in Holland, France, Malaysia, Scotland and Germany.

I am using this opportunity to introduce to you a new job opening while you are still working at your present working place.We need someone to work for the company as a Representative/Bookkeeper in USA.This is an employment opportunity and that anyone is qualified to take up this post from any location in the states.

Its a very easy job that is not expecting too much of such experience from you and it wont disturb your present Job. The average monthly income is about 5,500.00 USD and this job takes only 1 hour per day from home or anywhere you have access to a computer.If you are interested,kindly reply immediately.This space is opened till the 10th of July,2007. Sola Smith.Director/CEO,Arts and Crafts Inc.NB:REPLY DIRECTLY TO ME HERE:- SOLASMITH2000@YAHOO.COM, I REPLY IMMEDIATELY
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