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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: "Geo-Jade Petroleum" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:33:30 +0700
Subject: Regional Representative Wanted

This is an official request for Professional/consultants who will stand as our regional representative on behalf of Geo-Jade Petroleum. Your duty is to receive payments on behalf of Geo-Jade Petroleum in USA and Canada, you will be entitle to 10% of every payment you receive on our behalf. And you will also receive a net salary of 25%, that means you will be entitle to 25% of all the payments you received at the end of every year. Please reply if interested.

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