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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: Ken Goro <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:46:01 +0100
Subject: Re: Representative

To whom it may concern:

We require a representative on behalf of a japan based company to act in the capacity of an account receivable agent in North America (USA and Canada) on a 12 month contract basis. As an Account Receivable agent, you will be responsible for collection of all accounts due in the region to directly support sales operations.

Kindly contact us if you are interested.

HR Manager

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