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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Southern Electric Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:15:30 -0800
Subject: Re: Employment Opportunities

Re: Employment Opportunities
Southern Electric Company
125 Gosbecks Rd
Colchester, Essex CO2 9JT, UK
Registered in Scotland No.117110
VAT No-Go 5532 7696 03
We have a job opening for the position of Accounts receivable officer. Would you like to work from your home and get paid weekly? We are offering this position to all interested applicants. Please carefully read through.
This employment opportunity is targeted at providing part/full time job seekers, and also people who would like to working from home, and get paid weekly.
The Southern Electric Company is a well established provider of Electrical service solutions Established in 1948, Southern Electric procures, warehouses, and any kind of electrical and data product, component, or related service to its customers. It stocks and sells hundreds of thousands of items from thousands of manufacturers.
We deliver high quality precision products to some of the largest and best known companies in far back Asia, Europe, the Regions of America and Rest of The world. You will find our high quality Electronics in the BEST products on the market today.
We serve the entire Europe, United States/Canada and a growing export market, particularly in the supplies of Electrical and welding products, robotic welding systems, plasma and ox fuel cutting equipment.
Your primary task as a representative of the company would be to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process. You are not involved in any sales. Once orders are received and sorted we deliver the product to the customer, after this has been done, the customer has to pay for the products but in most cases we make our clients prepay for orders or items they order for.
About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through Certified Checks, Money Orders or traveler check drawn from the United States/Canada/Europe based on the amount involved. We then decided to throw open this new contract -to-hire job position as a way of giving back to the Nation in form of extra job creation and as a way of corporate social responsibility to the populace and ultimately to fill up this position.
Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments):
1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Local Bank.
3. Deduct 10 % which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to.
You will have a lot of free time doing another job, because this job is part time, you also will get good income, but this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are sure you will be a diligent and timely worker; you do not need any form of data entry experience to perform the job duties.
Get back to us with information below information, so that we can add your mailing address to our Regional database and forward it to our customers for them to start sending payments.
First name...................
Middle name..................
Last name....................
Address Line 1...............
Address Line 2...............
Zip/Postal code..............
Home phone...................
Cell phone...................
Your response to this email is needed, so that we can reconfirm your mailing/residential address details we have in our database.
We will be updating you as soon as a payment is being sent to you, and you will be directed as to where to have the remaining 90% of the money sent to, after the deduction of your 10% wage on any payments received and processed by you.
A swift acknowledgment of the receipt of this email will be appreciated.
Thanks for Your Total Understanding.
Thomas G. Boren
Southern Electric Company
125 Gosbecks Rd
Colchester, Essex CO2 9JT, UK

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