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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: "Honeywell International Inc." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 20:06:52 +0100

Honeywell International Inc.
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, NJ 07962
An assistant is needed to work from home (free-lance) or office. Flexible arrangements and attractive payment. No experience or special qualifications are needed. If yes,then please read carefully the attached WORK from Home (FREE-LANCE).
*Must be very detailed oriented.
*Must be reliable and a self-starter.
*Must have internet access.
*Must have basic computer skills/typing skills ability to follow instructions.
If you're interested in learning more about this position, Kindly view the attached WORK from Home (Free- Lance) in Microsoft Word or Note Pad.
We appreciate your interest in Honeywell International Inc.
Robert Steve
Consultant Manager
Honeywell International Inc.
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, NJ 07962

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