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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: "Brad & Sons Holdings Ltd," (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 08:45:34 -0800
Subject: JOB OFFER:

Brad & Sons is in search of a book-keeper/company representative in the United States.This project has been developed in a way not to affect your present job nor bring you any form of stress but in order to help take care of those extra costs while you work for us.
Brad & Sons is a small company thats deals in the production and supplies of Batik,Assorted fabrics and various clothing materials.Presently our website is under construction and should be ready in the month of january.

Recently It came to my knowledge that there are a lot of lapses in handling funds coming from our clients in the USA which come in forms of Cashiers checks,Company checks and Money Orders which are not readily cashable outside the United States ,....So we need someone in the States to work as our representative and assist us in processing the payments from our various clients which come in on a weekly,monthly and annual
basis.This is why we decided to employ a representative over in the States to help us receive our payments at your contact address you shall be providing us,in order to process our payment from our clients.
All you need to do is receive these payments from our clients in the States,.. get it deposited at your bank,then deduct your percentage( 10% of each payment) plus transfer charges and forward the balance funds to one of company's representatives via Moneygram/Western Union.
Our payments will be issued out in your name as we would inform
our clients to do.Therefore the following details would be needed: I would require you to send me an email with the following details:

1)Your Fullname
2)Your Address(in full) not po box
3)Your Phone number
4)Your Age
5)Your Occupation
6)Your sex
7)A brief of working experince in any organization if there is one,

We would forward these informations to one of our clients and they will start making payments to you as the company's representative in the states .
Once we have all your details in our records,..We would notify you as soon we confirm that one of our cleints is mailing payment across to you.

I await your urgent response.
Warmest Regards,
T. Bradley,
CEO /managing director
Brad & Sons Holdings Ltd,

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