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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 02:56:44 +0800
Subject: BE OUR REPRESENTATIVE ..(Earn 10% and other Benefits)

Hello Sir or Madam,
I represent the Jiangsu Tianyin Chemical Industry Corporation, based in China which manufactures, supplies and exports pharmaceutics, and other chemical products for world trade.
We are currently searching for representatives to help us establish a foreign base of operations, contacting our customers around the world, as well as receiving payments as our accounts officer. As our representative, you will receive 10% of the total amount you clear for the company through foreign payments.

If you are interested, please answer the questions below, and send your responce to :

1. Your Full Name
2. Telephone number
3. Fax
4. Contact Address
5. Date of Birth
6. Present Occupation

I look forward to hearing from you soon,
Dr Zhang Jinglei

Jiangsu Tianyin Chemical Industry Corporation

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