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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: "Mr. Patrick Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 May 2017 23:24:38 -0400
Subject: Dell Small Business Store United Kingdom needs a representative

Dear Sir/Madam,
Would you like to work online from home and get paid weekly?
Yes! You can work online from home and get paid weekly.
Dell Small Business Store. is committed to global citizenship by operating in a responsible and sustainable manner around the globe. As part of our Multi Level Marketing scheme, we need capable hands to act as representative/book keeper in the Australia, United State, Spain & Portugal on the company's behalf.
Dell Small Business Store. United Kingdom needs a representative in the Australia, United State, Spain & Portugal. We are into supplies of Printers & Ink, PDA, Monitors, Software, and Major exporters' e.t.c. These we supply weekly to our clients all over World.
This Job proposal can be taken as a part time job as it has no negative effect to your present job status.
Note: The average monthly income is about $27,000, and this job takes only 3-7 hours per week.
The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in United Kingdom is 25%, whereas for the individual it is only 7%. It yields the company lesser profit if we are to work that way, while tax for international money transfer made by a Private individual is 7%.Hence our Multi Level Marketing Scheme!
We need agents to receive payment for our supplies in bank wire transfers and Cashier cheque, to resend the money to us via Western Union Money Transfer in UK or any of our branch office's while the tax shall be 7% instead of 25% which will absolutely favor our company.
1. Receive payment from Clients by wire transfer or Cashier cheque
2. Deduct 10% which will be your commission on each payment processed.
3. Forward the balance after deducting of 10% commission to offices which shall be provided by you as soon as the fund becomes available.
10% from each operation! For instance: you receive $10,000 via wire transfer or Cashier cheque on our behalf. You will cash the money and keep $1,000 (10% from $10,000) for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%. After creditable performance, your commission may be reviewed for increment.
This job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking only for the Honest and Open Hearted Individual who satisfies our requirements and glad to offer this job position to you. If our proposals interest you, do get back to us with your under listed detailed information;
Zip Code:
Current Occupation:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Warmest Regards,
Mr. Patrick Johnson

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