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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:06:11 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Wingas Online JOB OPENING (work Online/From Home and get paid


How do you do?

Before I proceed I must first apologize for this unsolicited mail to you, I=
am aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of approach to esta=
blish a relationship of trust, but you will realize the need for my action,=
because I got your contact information from the country public record when=

My name is Michael Sasse (Head of Public Relations, WINGAS Companies).

I would be very interested in giving you a part-time paying job as a cash r=
epresentative for WINGAS Companies, in the United States/Canada, in which y=
ou could earn a lot. This job would be based on contract and commission ter=
ms, it is a part-time job and it would involve quite a lot of trust and hon=
esty. This project has also been developed not to affect your present job n=
or bring about any form of stress but in order to help take care of those e=
xtra costs. Meanwhile, this is 100% legal and there is no start up cost req=

WINGAS GmbH is a joint venture of Wintershall AG in Kassel, the largest Ger=
man producer of oil and gas, and the world=E2=80=99s largest producer of na=
tural gas. The company has been active in the gas supply industry since 199=
0 and supplies natural gas to public utilities. The company has been active=
in the gas supply industry since 1990 and supplies natural gas to public u=
tilities, major industrial enterprises and regional gas distribution compan=
ies in Germany and other European countries via its network of pipelines th=
at is now more than 2,000 kilometers in length.

WINGAS is successfully using the opportunities offered by the increasing li=
beralization of the gas market for the sustainable expansion of its market =
position in Europe.

Anyways, to get started with us is free and easy. Your commission is a cons=
tant fee that is dependent on how long you are ready to work with this Comp=

Presently, we have just been granted a funding to head a research project i=
n Asia regarding Oil Drainage, Planning and Management and this would be co=
mmencing very soon.
However the funding were made mostly in US based money orders and certified=
cashier checks as regards the source of funding of this project.

Also, I can assure you that your insurance, Health and housing allowance wi=
ll be catered for (Effective after 1 months of Application). This is acknow=
ledged as part of our policy. You may decline the policy offer anyway.

Your willing to work as a Payment Representative now will help and save tim=
e so that this project can be concluded as soon as possible and I am ready =
to get you started.

We would be willing to accept your application on contract basis as a staff=
of our company to be our payment representative back in the states/Canada,=
this way we could have our clients issue out payments to you, so you could=
then cash them easily, deduct 10% of the total amount on these payments as=
your commission and then send the balance over, through Money transfer.

I am sending you this offer because clearing this funds here takes longer t=
ime and we need to keep this programme running.

I would be glad if you accept our proposal as we intend to commence transac=
tions as soon as you are ready. If interested, do fill the Application Form=
below and have it sent to:


then we'll make the concluding arrangements on how you'll get started. Just=
to let you know that English will be our official communicating language. =
Hope to hear from you soon.

Warmest Regards,

Michael Sasse.
Head of Public Relations
ISO Logo ISO 9001: Die Produkte und Prozesse der WINGAS sind zertifiziert =
=C2=A9 2007 WINGAS Deutschland

Head Office.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stra=C3=9Fe 160
D-34119 Kassel
Web site:










PHONE NUMBERS (Home and Mobile):-



(Information included in this application form is CONFIDENTIAL between you =
and me, and the full name and contact info should be included as it should =
be written on the payments being issued over to you, you should also includ=
e a valid phone number for easy contact)

According to how you have been briefed earlier by me. You are required and =
mandated to receive payment on behalf of the above mentioned company. You a=
re to deduct 10% of all funds processed on a particular order and forward t=
he balance payment via Western Union Money Transfer as I would be instructi=
ng you on receipt of my payments.
You will notify me a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this =
job so as to terminate all payment coming your way to avoid conflict.
In agreement to this kindly append signature below

Michael Sasse.
Head of Public Relations.

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