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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: "China Truck" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 22:01:39 -0500 (PET)
Subject: Good Day

My name is Jiong Yang and I am the Human Resources of China National Heavy
Duty Truck Group Corp., China. The purpose of this message is to draw your
attention to a vacant position of a financial manager for cooperation with
private individuals. Nowadays China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp.
firmly holds a position of a leading company in the Asian market, which
ensures our stable development. So today, we are glad to offer you to:
- become a part of our company
- join a team of high qualified specialists
- get a prestigious part time job
- earn a good deal
In order to become our financial manager for cooperation with private
EDUCATION. You will just be supposed to: - have approximately 2 free hours
a day
- have a bank account (or to be able to open a new one, especially for
company needs)
- have a PC
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL TO enable us to grant our customers the
best service in shortest dates.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES will be: - to receive payments from our customers
(private individuals)
- To withdraw the funds and to transfer it to us. Your SALARY is
10%commission out of every payment that you receive. If you are interested
in the vacancy offered, please reply and if you are not kindly destroy the
message. Our managers will be glad to answer any questions. We are looking
forward to working with you!

Yours faithfully
Jiong Yang

****************PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL**************
This e-mail and any attached files are confidential and may be legally
If you are not the addressee, any disclosure, reproduction, copying,
distribution, or other dissemination or use of this communication is
strictly prohibited

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