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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: "ADVERT"<>
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:50:53 -0500
Subject: ***SPAM*** Prospective Finance Coordinator Needed!!!

297 Coventry Road Sheldon London

Attn: Representative,

MM-Group INDUSTRIES is trading company that is into the import and export of goods like Aluminum, Industrial Chemicals, Raw Materials, Machines & Machineries, Non-Ferrous Metal, Steel, Foundry, Aluminum Products, Construction, Plastic and Rubber, Refractories and Ceramics Products, Tires, Professional Products Drawing, Graphic Arts and crafts, and newly included- Electronics-copiers, printers, fax machines, personal computers, CD-RW, DVD-RQ drives and media, cameras, and advanced electronic devices to U.S, Canada and Europe.

Due to the Increasing number of clients that we have in the U.S.A Canada and Europe , we are having difficulty in reaching all of them, therefore we decided to employ representatives to help us get to our clients. As our representative, you shall serve as a link between us and our clients and you will also be responsible for the collection of payments on our behalf. You shall have a 10% commission for every transaction you carry out or payment that you collect on our behalf.

Upon good conduct you are eligible to be a permanent staff of The MM-GROUP INDUSTRIES.

Prospective finance coordinator should forward the following Details below:

Full Name:
Address (No Po Box):
City: State: Zip code:
Home & Cell No.:

We look forward to working with you.


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