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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: "Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 19:45:51 +0200
Subject: Job Offer.


I am Mr.Tony Adams,and i am the Human Resources Manager for TN FABRICS.We are a
group of business oriented people who deal primarily in screen process and
othersort of textiles.

We are searching for financial payment contractor (Accounts Receivable) for our
company who are willing to work for us from home and get paid weekly without
leaving their present Job.Our clients shall be making payments to us for
supplies in money orders so you shall help in the processing of the payments to
us here in the UK.

Subject to our satisfaction you will be paid 10% on any transaction you are
involved in. Please if you are interested send the following..

1. Full Name

2. Full Address (Inclusive City, State and Zipcode)

3. Telephone No

4. Have you done this kind of Online Job in The Past (Yes/No), If Yes. What was
your Experience?

Thanks In advance
Human Resources Manager

Mr.Tony Adams.

FOR U.S and Canadian Residents Only.

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