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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: "Kehinde Adeniyi" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:29:11 -0500
Subject: Re:

Hello Job Seeker,
STMicroelectronics in the United Kingdom is interested in employing a financial

payment contractor, capable of performing the duty of receiving payments on

behalf of our company from our customers.

In performing this duty, you will be entitled to a commission of 5% for any payment

you receive on behalf of our company. If you are interested in this offer, you are

expected to send us your resume as soon as possible, or the following information -

Full Names: / Age: / Sex: / Marital Status: / Contact Address: / Present Employer

And Position Held: / 7. Telephone Number (endeavour to include your MOBILE

number): / Email Address: / 9. Fax (If Any): You are to reply back to this Email:

Alert Officer,
Kehinde Adeniyi,
(Human Resources, STMicroelectronics)


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