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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: "Todd Richardson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 17:21:50 -0000
Subject: Hello

Dear Job Hunter,

We have a job opening at BWEA, we are searching for a financial payment contractor who is willing to work for us and get paid weekly, earn a basic salary monthly with bonuses and minus the weekly commission without leaving his/her present job within the USA or CANADA. You will receive payments from our customers in money orders/checks that will be delivered to you through a courier service/agent, cash at your bank and remit via western union or moneygram money transfer. We need someone who is effective and smart to take up the post. He or she should be 18 years and above, must have a good internet facility at home and have about 1 - 2 hours free time daily for assignments.

Benefits, including medical,dental insurance and transportation compensation are also available to those who qualify. Interested people should contact asap with the following information and resume if any :

* Full Name:
* Full Street Address(P.O Box not acceptable):
* City:
* State:
* Zip code:
* Contact Phone number(s):

Yours sincerely,
Todd Richardson,
Human Resources,

NOTE : All expenses, fees will be paid by us. If anybody solicits for fees upfront discard the email as spam !

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