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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: "Hamptons Estates Limited" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:36:43 +0300

Hamptons Estates Limited,
Office of Employment Director,
32 Grosvenor Square,
Mayfair, London W1K 2HJ.
Our contact

This is to inform you that we are offering you a part time job position in our satellite representative department as our regional manager.

Hamptons Estates Limited is a well-coordinated business firm with the head office in the UK. We have our branches in Avon Rd, Cannock and in Pedmore Rd, Lye all in UK. Hamptons Estates Limited in conjunction with Ebay as part of our ongoing Multi Level Online Marketing Network will be launching regional branches into 150 countries before the end of 2011. Presently, we have customers/affiliates and Small business organizations that are registered under us in the United States, Canada and Europe. This network has made us a link between some small scale business organizations and we have over 200 Small Business Organization and 10,000 individuals registered and placing their adverts with us around the globe.

Due to the world's globalizing with the introduction of electronic payments, most of these international customers/affiliates and Small business organizations that are registered under us are always offering to pay for our services with International Money Orders, Money Orders and Checks but we pass through difficulties cashing these payments because foreign checks take up to 21 to 28 working days to clear. As this network is expanding with the demand for more regional branches, you are employed as our regional manager and you shall be the middle-man between us and these customers/affiliates and Small business organizations near you.

Proposed worker must be reliable, motivated and productive, 18 years and above; must have access to internet and a phone. Must spend one hour on the internet to check and reply emails everyday. Must have ability to record every transaction processed in case of emergency.

The job requires a flexible schedule shift that would not affect your present state of work. Your salary is based on commission for the first Month and there after you will be entitled to a full salary of $400 per week which is $1,600 per Month with some allowances that will be made know to you later based on your ability to handle the job perfectly. You are to choose how you want your salary (Monthly/Weekly). Your commission will be ten percent (10%) of every transaction you process on our behalf which is not part of your salary. This implies that every $5000 you process, you stand to gain $500. You will deduct your $500 with any extra cost of sending the money to the company before sending the rest of the money to the company. Once you receive any payment, you will notify us. All payment should be wired to the company via Western Union Money Transfer, Money Gram or wire transfer (depending the amount of money processed) as you will be instructed. Does it sound like your dre
am job?

If you are interested in starting the job, please get back to the employment director with the following details:

Full Name: ________________
Street address: ________________
City: ________________
State: ________________
Zip code: ________________
Country: ________________
Age: ________________
Gender: ________________
Phone #: ________________
Occupation: ________________
Job Experience (If any):________________

Disregard any email asking you to provide your bank details or credit card information and also note that this transaction is risk free and legal under the reserved bank operation act of 2005.

Best Regards,
Employment Director.
Mr. Conner Walker

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