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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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Fraud email example:

From: Mr.Wang <>
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 20:10:35 +0800
Subject: Search business coopertion chance in africa

Dear Sir or Madam: How are you?
China Chongqing Big Science & Development(Group) is one of professional China Auto,motorcycle, tricycle Manufacturers. we wish to search Africa develop Chance, Our products include cars, bus, pickup, SUV, truck, motorcycle, tricycle and CNG series products.
Our cooperation model os include:
1,auto assemble plant Turn Key Project, 2,joint venture auto plant, 3, investment. 4,trade,agent fact,we had have set up many oversea plant,such as Syria auto assemble plant, Nigeria passenger assemble plant and have being build Ghana suv,pickup manufacture plant. Http:// and so on....

Superiority & characteristics of our project:
(1) Lower cost investment but high efficiency. We will supply you the budgt according to the conditions of your country and company.
(2) Compared with importing in CBU terms, the cost in importing tariff and seafreight on CKD terms is greatly reduced.
(3) In this project, we supply technology,training and all Auto spare parts. In this process, new technology is introduced into to your country and more jobs are increased.
(4) As the cooperation goes one,we may invest to set up a joint venture assemble plant for further cooperation.
If you could recommend some local companies or commercial chammer who are interested in this project, please contact us for more information
If you take loan help, they may take China import export Bank buyer loan, please you visit , If your country are local Africa , Please you visit China-Africa Development Fund to take more Chince.
(you reply our letter,please reply to three E-mail box at the same time);;
Mr.Weilin Wang (Manager)
Oversea Dept.of China Big Science & Technology Development(Group)
Tel:+86-23-67635049--607; Fax:67635036;Mobile:+86-13110143845; Skype:W.L.Wang66;;

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