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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: "Bruce Windwood" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:51:05 -0500
Subject: New part-time job

We are contacting you regarding our expansion program, JUICE LTD is looking for someone to WORK PART TIME (FROM HOME) as a Representative/Payment processing /Book keeper. This job opportunity Pays $2000 a month plus benefits and takes only a little of your time. Please contact us for more details Requirements
Your full name
Your full home address (STREET,C ITY, STATE AND ZIPCODE) ,
Direct home and cell telephone number (VALID AND WORKING):
Your email address:
You should be a computer Literate. 3-5 hours access to the internet weekly.
Must be over 18yrs Efficient and Dedicated. If you are interested and need more
Information, please contact me via email.
Bruce Windwood
+44 (0)7031825775
Juice> The Byres
Wicklesham Lodge Farm
Faringdon Oxon
registered in England
no. 6400316
VAT registration number 857 864 858

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