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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: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 07:33:18 -0800
Subject: Hello


Dear Job hunter,

We will be glad to offer you a job position with our company ( EWEA ). We need someone to work for the company as a payment collection officer in AMERICA, CANADA AND EUROPE. EWEA is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 561 corporate members, EWEA is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.

In 2004, EWEA expanded its mission to champion wave and tidal energy and use the Association's experience to guide these technologies along the same path to commercialisation.

Our primary purpose is to promote the use of wind, wave and tidal power in and around the UK. We act as a central point for information for our membership and as a lobbying group to promote wind energy and marine renewables to government, industry, the media and the public. We research and find solutions to current issues and generally act as the forum for the UK wind, wave and tidal industry, and have an annual turnover in excess of one million pounds.

You as a prospective account officer will be required to pick up payments from clients ( it will be delivered to you via a courier service ) on our instructions and have it cashed at your bank, and will be paid 10% commissions for each payment collected on the company's behalf. The rest of the funds will be remitted, as soon as payments are cashed and commissions deducted by the payment collection officer.You will be entitled to a monthly salary after the first month of working with us, apart from the commission you will be paid for each payment collected.

Benefits, including medical, dental insurance, and transportation compensation are also available to those who qualify. If you are interested, kindly send me your resume ( if any ) and the listed information below:

* 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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