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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: "Stephanie Pearl" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 02:21:42 -0700

Dear recipient, this awareness is to let the public know that we have a job opening for the position of Accountants/Payment Collection Officers at our company (Hart Craftsman Ltd).

Would you be interested in working from your home or office and get paid weekly? If your answer to this is yes, then you might have to respond to this message and we will furnish you with a detailed information about the job description, benefits attached to it and also to know what's therein for you as Stipend.

Our Company, (Hart Craftsman Ltd) specializes in the distribution to about 4 different continents and a growing export market trader particularly in the supplies of selected paintings including Art works and Arts decorations.

Thanks for Your anticipated response.

Payments coordinators

Stephanie Pearl

Hart Craftsman Ltd
Unit 7 Parham Airfield Runway Farm,
Woodbridge, IP13 9AF
United Kingdom.
PHONE: +447024024922
FAX: +447045787186

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