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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: "Beijing Shougang Company Ltd" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:13:53 +0200
Subject: Our Company Beijing Shougang Company Ltd.,
based in China is in search of a competent individual or firm that will be
responsible in handling funds as our ''Representative Manager'' in the
United States/Canada region.If interested kindly email our Human Resources
Department via { } for more description of
the job, compensations and monthly salary involved.

Note: It is a part time job that won't interrupt your present work or business.

Looking forward to your response.

Best Regards,
Liu Nianzu
HR(Representative Manager)
Beijing Shougang Company Ltd.
No 15,Pingguoyuan Road,Shijingshan District,Beijing

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