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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: "EURO-ASIA TRADING COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:31:54 +0100

Dear sir/Madam

Our company, Euro-China, TRIM Intl. Trading and Sino Trade Co. is the
consultancy company for project contracting, construction, energy, casting,
technology transferring, procurement and trading activities especially from
China and other countries. Trim Trade and Sino Trade Co. specialized in large-
scale projects contracting; complete sets of equipment providing, projects
designing and constructing, machinery and equipment R & D and manufacturing, as

well as internal and international trading. Service contracts of Trim Intl.
Trade cover such diverse fields as industry, agriculture, communications and
transportation, energy, steel, casting, building, light industry, automobile,
ship-building, mining, metallurgy, and aerospace industries The headquarter
office is in Beijing - China and represented worldwide. We have our
annex/accounts office in Turkey. We are in need of credible individuals and
corporate bodies in Europe and the Americas to represent its interests with
some companies that export products from China to different continents this
message is sent in English for general understanding.

As the head of human resource department/personnel manager/chief recruitment
officer,I have been mandated to seek individuals and corporate bodies in North
America and Europe for this purpose. We were able to get your email address
with the help of a market research based on your country. Representatives will
act as intermediaries between us and customers in their country of residence.
Representatives may also receive payments on our behalf also help in placing
orders for goods and services that we may require in their country of
residence. You shall be paid a commission of 15% for your service(s). We
guarantee you at least a minimum of $5,000 monthly as a part time worker and
can reach $30,000 based on the volume and experience as time goes on. you also
have the opportunity to be on retainer ship with us, by agreeing to carry out
our company legal obligations in north America(particularly in United States of

America)This option has being considered by the board of the company, because
we are yet to complete the process of registration of our company in Europe and

the Americas.

If interested please send your name, address, phone/cell phone number and fax
to,Mr.Lloyd Peters in charge of North American

Thank you.

Mr Lloyd Peters
TRIM Intl.Trading and Sino Trade Co.

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