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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: "ALPHA GALLERY & CO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:35:19 +0100

Would you like to work online from Home as active Account Manager/marketing/sales/Administration and Book Keeper and get paid 950 pounds weekly? We are glad to offer you for a job position in our organization ALPHA GALLERY & CO, We need someone to work for the company as Representative/Book keeper .

ALPHA GALLERY & CO was established in 1995 that started with 90 staffs in the company. We are into crafting and painting of pictures which we have been doing perfectly and excellently over the past few years that it has been established.

We need someone to work for the company as Representative/Book keeper in your location and get paid 950 Pounds every 2weeks.

We are looking only for the worker who satisfies our requirements and will be a honest assistant and we understand it is an unusual and incredible job offer. The job offer is legitimate and legally called Business Receiving Agent/Management of Account Receivables.

We are glad to offer this job position to you. If you feel that you are a serious and earnest worker and you want to work for ALPHA GALLERY PICTURE, kindly email send your CV to our email

Managing Director: Philip Brussels Office
Avenue Louise 375 - b 8
New Delhi, India
Fax +

Best Regards.
Philip Marvelous
Administrative Secretary

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