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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: vickky camara <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:36:59 -0800 (PST)

Dearest in love,
Goodmorning my heart, how about you and your work, hope all is ok with you.dear my condition is getting bad everyday,i want to come and meet you, so that i can have atleast a rest of mind,things have not been so easy for me but i thank God that i have a caring man like you,dear it is only you that i have, please please my love finish up what you have started, God will reward you abundantly.I love you and have wonderful day.

I look forward of hearing from you soon,
Love always,

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