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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: "School of Economics, Accounting & Finance - SCPJ" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 06:23:51 +0800
Subject: RE

Dear sir/madam.

I am Mr MikeDavies,Foreign Transaction Officer
of WBC (a company based in the UK). A Company that
is specialized in Import and Export of Machinery & equipment,
Communication Accessories and Household Appliances.We are searching for
representatives who can help us establish a
medium of getting to our customers in Canada/America and Europe
as well as making payments through you to us.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with
us we will be glad to be your partners.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.
Please if you are interested forward the following requirement


1. Full names.
2. Residential address.
3. Your email address
4. Phone number.
5. Fax number.
6. Occupation.
7. Sex.
8. Age.
9.Your state/ Country of location
10. Nationality.

Note: mode of payment would be 10%
retainance of every amount youreceive from our customer.

Thanks in advance
Mr. Mike Davies.
(Foreign Transaction Officer)

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