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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: "Maxx Li"<>
Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:21:18 +0000
Subject: Re:AR agent 09

Would you like to earn $2,100 and %5 commission by working in your spare
time from home? or much more if you work longer? this plan shows you
precisely how to do it.

My name is Max..Chain Li from LinkedIn, Recruitment consultant to
Jiangsu Saikang Medical Equipment Co.,Ltd Hong-Kong. We need your
services as an account receivable agent (AR) to our customers in your
Region on a 12 months contract basis, you will be responsible for
collection of all account receivables in your region to directly support
our sales operations. It's a part time (Work from Home)
job that takes less than 2 hour(s) of your time daily with a 5%
commission and $2,100 monthly salary payment.

I understand this is not your area of expertise, because of your profile
and knowing your eligibility to help our company fulfil one of its major
goal, that's the main reason I have to reach out to you.

Reply for more details and we look forward to working with you.

Sincerely yours
Max Chain-li
Business Consultant
Jiangsu Saikang Medical Equipment Co.,Ltd

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