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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: "JULIUS BAKER" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 00:44:34 -0600
Subject: HELLO


Hello Dear,
We,J & B Fabrics have a job offer available for you in response to your initial request of the job search directory for USA, CANADA, UK AND EUROPE.We are based in Asia.We have been receiving orders from North America which we have not been able to process our payments
completely since we do not have a payment receiving personnel in this area. So we have decided to recruit Payment Officers via the Internet hence we will be needing a representative to process our payments in this area. Every payment made attracts a 10% commission for a prospective employee.

Interested persons should send the following information-

First name :
Last name :
Full Address (NOT P.O BOX) :
City :
State :
Country :
Zip Code :
Tel numbers :
Age :
Are you employed/self employed?
Do you have a checking account?
Best means of communication?email/phone

My Details...
Name: Julius Baker
Position: Payment Officer
Time 24Hrs Daily

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