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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: "Wanlida Shoes.Co.,Ltd" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:43:22 +0100

*Wanlida Shoes.Co.,Ltd
No.508,Zhangxin North Rd.,Xiaolin Town,*
*Cixi City,Zhejiang Pro.,*

Would you like to work online from home temporarily and earn constant payment? We are glad to offer you a job position in our company,*Wanlida Shoes.Co.,Ltd*. We permanently need new people to occupy the position of payment representative, able to receive and send payments between our debtor customers and our company. This part-time job does not require any special skills. You do not have to spend much time to earn sufficient money to be added to your main salary. Every payment will be accompanied by detailed instruction. This is in view of our not having an office presently in the United States/Canada and Europe. You don't need to have an Office and this certainly won't disturb any form of work you have at the moment. I have sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world especially the U.S. We are experts in the sale of Shoes; we export to Canada, America and Europe.


- Honesty, Responsibility and Promptness in operations
- PC with Internet and e-mail access
- We don't work with people under 21
- Mailing address


1. Receiving payment from our debtor Customers by check.
2. Cash Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10%, which will be your percentage
4. Forward balance after deduction of your percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be instructed to send payment to.

Instructions on how to remit the company's balance of 90% will be given to you. We understand it is an unusual and incredible job position. This job takes only 3-7 hours per week. You'll have a lot of free time doing your permanent job, but this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking only for the worker who satisfies our requirements and will be a Co-operative assistant. We are glad to offer this job position to you if you are capable and fit to carry out the tasks stated above, and you want to work for *Wanlida Shoes.Co.,Ltd*.
*Please contact Mrs Lili Liew to start immediately and for more information on this email: and provide the information below:

*Full Names, Occupation, Marital Status, Age, Sex, Phone number/cell number, Contact Address, Email address, Country*

You will receive necessary information within 48 hours. Please consider your services as an obligation to you' This does not require any of your financial obligations.

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