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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: "Taira Masui" <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 04:32:14 -0400
Subject: Account Receivable Agent Needed.

Good Day,

We are currently recruiting companies/individuals like you on behalf of our company located in japan { ASAI SANGYO CO., LTD.} for a number of account receivable agents in North America. As an Account Receivable agent, you will be responsible for collection of all account receivables due to the Company in North America to directly support sales operations.

Job description is simple and structured without affecting your present occupation. Please email us if interested in the role or have any questions with regards the job description Account Receivable Agent. Contract Opportunity.

Salary-$5,000 monthly
Job type-Contract
Duration: 12 months
Time Required:3-5 hours per week.
Role- Account Receivable Agent. ..

Taira Masui
President and Representative Director

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