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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:

Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:18:47 -0200 (ARST)

Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
JR Shinagawa East Bldg.,
18-1, Konan 2-chome,
Minato-ku,Tokyo 108-8280,
Japan .

Dear Sir/Madam


Polyplastics Co., Ltd. manufactures all kinds of specialized extrusion
molded products used in various fields including materials for
construction, heat insulation, anti-pollution facilities, water treatment,
etc.We exports our products to North America,South America,Eastern
Europe,Western Europe and Southeast Asia etc.

We are looking for a payment representative in UK,USA,Canada,and
Mexico.Salary is 10% of every payment you receive on our behalf. All
charges such as tax and transfer charges will be deducted from the
balance 90%. Details of your account is not needed in this transaction.

Note:Even if you have a present job,you can still be part of our business
as your service to us would not disturb with your working hours at all.

If you are interested in this transaction forward your contact information
to my private. email:

(1)Full names:
(2)Full residential or office address:
a. Street number and name:
b. City:
c. State:
d. Zip code:
e. Country:
(3)Tele/cell numbers:
(7)Company Name:

Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Mr.Yasumasa Kamimura
Polyplastics Co., Ltd.

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