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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:

Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:29:19 +0800

Lot 35, Lorong 1B,
Kampung Baru Subang,
Seksyen U6, 40150 Shah
Alam, Kuala Lumpur
Ehsan, Malaysia.

Dear Sir/MADAM,

We are exporters base in Malaysia.We are major supplier of refractory, heat
and cold insulation materials. We export from Asia to Europe,America,Canada
and Australia.Our company was established in 1985

We need trustee agents in these regions /provinces for our business to
as it is now and that is the reason why i am contacting you now. We are
looking for male/female that are trustworthy to be in charge of receiving
cash on behalf of our company's in his/her country.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very
glad. However, We will appreciate it, If you can furnish us with your full
names, address and telephone/fax numbers, for easier communication. We will
also appreciate it if you can furnish us also with your occupation.

Be informed that if you do not have the capacity to receive large funds in
account and also cannot manage these funds as we may instruct you from time
to time, then you need not bother getting back to us.

We have agreed to give you 10% commission for your assistance in this
transaction.Your commission may be deducted at source, that is as soon as
the funds are received in your account, you may deduct your 10% from it.

To facilitate and proceed if accepted, do send to us promptly via email at
Your prompt response will be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully
Customers care

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