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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: Visitor <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:07:55 +0800

Compliments of the day to you.
Bupa cromwell hospital UK call for services of Foreigners in these vacancies.
Hospital Account Admin, Hospital Secretary Admin,Chef and Restaurant Manager
Nurse/ Midwifery, Computer Operators,Software Engineers,Driver,Security.
We provide applicant air-ticket, monthly shopping allowances as well as accommodate in staff quaters.
Employment Requirements for Job:
Good Character and Qualifications (CV)
Valid International Passport or Birth Certificate
Applicant must be financially capable to pay balance 10% processing working permit visa fee.
If you agree to the Employment Requirements please forward your Profiles (CV) ASAP for review and consideration.
You can Get back to me for more details.
Best Wishes
Human Resource Department
Bupa Cromwell Hospital UK
Mobile No:+44 701-118-2920

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