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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: "Zhejiang Huatian Stainless Steel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:57:09 +0800


Our company would like to offer you the opportunity to represent us in your country as our regional account representative. Kindly let us know if you have any interest in this offer so that we can send you more information about this program.

Best Regards,

Annie Chow
Account Department/ Export
Telephone: +86-10-59045363
Zhejiang Huatian Stainless Steel Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.
No. 488, Zhishang Road, Yongqiang High&New Tech.
Industry Zone, Longwan, Wenzhou, China

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