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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:

Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 06:17:39 -0700
Subject: Re: Representative Inquiry(Job Offer)

Work With Us to Earn 10% Payment Income. For more details please contact us.
Also note that your Area of Specialization is of no reference as regards being
our Representative. Been experienced in this field is also a credit to you.

Please be mindful that the job you are doing is 100% Legal. Further Details
will be given.

Thanks in advance,
Huang Tianwen,
Sinosteel Corporation.

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