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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: "jin lung" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 16:41:21 -0700
Subject: ATTENTION!!!

Good day to you,

I am sorry if this mail does not meet your normal mailing ethics, I am Jin Lung (Head of International Operations) Weiqiao Textile Company Limited China, We have going at the moment, Our integrated Yarn and fabric manufacturing operations using state-of-the-art Textile equipment from the world leading suppliers. Order processing, Production monitoring and process flow are seamlessly integrated through a company-wide computer network.

* The average monthly income is about 2000.00USd.
* No form of investments from you.
* This job takes only 1-3 hours per day, only when we receive signals from customers on payment for our products.

Unfortunately we are unable to open Bank accounts in United State Of America, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe without first registering the company name. Presently with the amount of Orders we have from customers, we wouldn't want to put a hold on supplies. For fear of loosing the customers outrightly.

Secondly it is tedious and almost inevitable to cash International cheques because it take about 14 working days for cash to be made available online. We lose about 75,000USd of gross income each month because we have money transfer delays.

Your task is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the Payment process. You are not involved in any sales.Our sales manager Sells products, Once he makes a sale we deliver the product to a Customer usually through UPS or FED EX.

The customer receives and verify the products to ascertain that it meets its requirement. After this has been done, the customer has to pay for the products. About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through certified cheques and Bank to Bank Wire Transfer based On the amount involved. We have decided to open this new Job position for solving this problem.

Your tasks are;
1. Receive payment from Customers through cheque.
2. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on each Payment processed
3. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay and transfer charges to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to.

Payment is to be forwarded either by Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer. Local Money transfers take barely hours, so it will give us a possibility to get customer Payment almost immediately.

Please contact us through this email:( , and fill_up the employment form below within 72hours to signify your interest and ability to work, as this job offer is of utmost urgency;


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Thanks, as we anticipate an immediate response.

Jin Lung
+852 8121 4406
Head of International Operations
Weiqiao Textile Company Limited.

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