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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: "Used Rails Metal Scrap" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:35:17 +0200

Dear Sir or Madam,
How are you, my mail might come as a surprise to you, but this is just a business proposal.
I do not know whether this is your area of business or investment but we are looking for partners/investors to proceed in scrap metal business which I am sure if given due consideration will benefit both of us in the long run
We have in our possession 500,000mt of Used rails Scrap in stock since 2012, we have as a company collectively tried to sale these rails since from 2012 even with the assistance with some sister companies but all to no avail because we lacked some relevant documents which was difficult to acquire due to government policies in our Country to scrap metal export.
Finally, the good news is that the documents such as the (i)EXPORT PERMIT/LICENCE(ii)TAX CLEARANCE(iii) PROOF OF PRODUCT(TITLE DEED).are all in place now to export the rails to any buyer across the world that I will forward to you including the video of the scrap metal rails once You Show concern in this proposal.
Your commission will be $20 per metric ton in every deal we close together as our exclusive seller mandate weather the buyer comes from you or from us
If you did not see my email reasonable to respond, then you might as well disregard it.
I will humbly appreciate your positive response
My regards,
Robert Sila (Engnr)
South Africa.
Tel: +27638217605
Skype: robertsilapro

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