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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: "Hytech Communica" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 21:03:50 +0000
Subject: Reply to this email for Details.

we currently outsourcing / recruiting companies or individuals on behalf of a steel company located in china {China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC)} for a number of account receivable agents in North America. This position does not affect your job or business operations but serves as an extra income. Email us if interested in this role or have any questions

Commission -5%
Annually - Between $30,000 To $50,000
Job type -Contract
Duration-8 to 12months
Time Required- 3 to 5 hours per week.
Role - Account-Receivable Agent.

Best wishes
China South Industries Group Corporation

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