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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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Fraud email example:

From: "The Arts & Crafts Home Company" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:13:47 +0100
Subject: RE: Online Job Opportunity


How would you like a home business that would allow you to earn up to
$4000 per month? No start up fees, no "envelope stuffing" no nonsense.
You would? Great then keep reading.

We proudly present The Arts & Crafts Home Company. We are a home based
business with clients and branches in numerous countries. We pride
ourselves on our personal touch which is provided by our many friendly
team members throughout the world.

The position we offer will not affect your present career, it will only
take a small part of your time. The only things you need to start
working with our company are reliable Internet/E-mail access and
checking/savings bank account. And of course your willingness to learn.

The vacancy: Processing Officer. Part time
Job description: Processing payments and orders between our company,
agents and clients.
Trial period: 1 month (leading to permanent)

All you need to do is process our orders ( a simple procedure requiring
a short email) then delegate the funds paid from either our clients or
our company to a designated bank account approved by our manager.
You then keep a specified transaction fee as a commission for your
services.This is usually between $150 to $500, but no less than $150 per
transfer depending on the amount of the transaction.You will receive the
funds which our clients/resale staff send directly to you and forward it
to us or our agents (less your commission of course) via one of the
chosen money transfer agencies and email us of the transaction.
The job is very simple and you require no special knowledge to join our
dynamic team. However at times we do require that you are able to act on
very short notice to maintain a good working relationship with our
customer base.

We can only afford to pay such a generous commission for this service
because we pride ourselves on our efficiency and our clients/customers
give us ample rewards for our prompt delivery which we then pass on to
our team members for their dedication.

Once you have completed your 1 month trial period and become a permanent
member of our team your commissions will increase by a further 10 %
based on your performance level.

For those who are looking for new career opportunities it's a chance to
become a part of our permanent team in the future. A team in which you
will be highly respected and well rewarded - just think about this as
your golden opportunity to say goodbye to your boring day job and tell
the boss where to go!

Come join the thousands of happy team members already employed in this
lucrative home based business, you won't regret it!!

If you would like to receive an application form or further information
about this fantastic opportunity please contact us at
No fees are required, just leave your name and contact details:

We would appreciate your prompt response and will contact you as soon as
we receive your details so you can start your new home based business
straight away and be on your way towards a new life.
We will be hoping to hear from you soon and for you to become an
essential part of our growing team.

Thanking you for your time!

Yours Sincerely

Robert Dole
Company Director
The Arts & Crafts Home Company
Contact E-Mail:
Contact Tel: 0034-672-559-794

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