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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, 28 Jan 2010 20:28:41 +0100
Subject: Re

Rm. C, 16F, Bldg. 2, 3500,
Kai Xuan Road,
Shanghai, China

Dear Sir/Madam,

First and Foremost,i wish to introduce to you CITIC GUOAN GROUP Ltd.This
company was established in 2005 and also Registered with the chinese
Government.This Company is based in China and have severals Branches in
We are Basically Into Building materials as well as Build Gagantic
and we export the Materials for Construction of GIGANTIC Stadium.
We are currently searching for representatives who can help us establish a
medium of getting to our customers in Canada/America and Europe
as well as making payments through you to us.

Subject to your satisfaction you will be given
the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your
services as our representative in Canada/America and Europe.
You receive 10% for each payment you receive on our Behalf.
Please if you are interested forward the following requirement
To indicate your interest.

1. Full names.
2. Residential address.
3. Your email address
4. Phone number.
5. Fax number.
6. Occupation.
7. Sex.
8. Age.
9.Your state/ Country of location
10. Nationality.

Upon Receipt of this Requested informations,we shall provide you with the
necessary Details of how to finally become our Company Payment Receiving
in your regions.

Please send your Response to the EMAIL:

Your Sincerly
Engr.Han Izhi(CEO).

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