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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: "AMCO CORPORATION PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 18:13:56 -0700
Subject: Offenes Angebot/Open Offer (AMCO CORPORATION PLC)

Guten Tag,

wären Sie eventuell an einer seriösen Tätigkeit interessiert, die Sie von zu Hause aus erledigen können? Es handelt sich um eine schriftliche Arbeit im Inkasso-Wesen für unsere Firma (Lancastershire Steel Company). Wir suchen Menschen, die mit Computern umgehen können und von zu Hause aus unser Inkasso in Ihrem Land betreuen würden. Unser Arbeits-Schema würde nicht mit Ihrem gegenwärtigen Job kollidieren. Es geht lediglich um eine kleine Buchhaltung und um die Weiterleitung von Zahlungen. Nähere Informationen über diesen Job werden Sie erhalten, sobald Sie unser online-Einstellungsformular ausgefüllt haben, das wir Ihnen umgehend zusenden werden. Wenn all unsere online-Anforderungen erfüllt und bestätigt sind, können Sie eine Vorauszahlung von 1000 US-Dollar erhalten. Bitte antworten Sie sofort, falls Sie an diesem gutbezahlten Teilzeit-Job interessiert sind,

Would you like to work as an accounts receivables/payable clerk for this company? We seek computer literate individuals who will work for this company from their locations as our accounts receivables clerk. Our work scheme will not disturb your current job, as it only entails payment processing and little bookkeeping. Further information on this job and our online recruitment procedures will be provided for you to view and fill out. You can earn an advance payment of $1000 if all online requirements are confirmed and certified. Please respond immediately if you have any interest for a good earning part-time job.

Andrew Jones.
Amco House
Cedar Court Office Park
Denby Dale Road
Phone: +44702 402 7984

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