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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: "JOB OPENING" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:12:22 +0100


We have an opening in our company for the post of Fund Receivable officer and it require no deep accounting knowledge or skill.


* It wont affect your present state of work (if any).
* Your pay will be $920 weekly (depending on your efficiency and competency)
* Skill or experience is not a major requirement.
* It is a complete work from home and 100% legal.
* You will have more time to perform other responsibility.

To read more about the job and also apply online, visit our website: or contact us by email at: or

BEST REGARDS: Kristen Jones

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