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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: "Miss Kimberly Lujan" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 06:45:52 +0000
Subject: Dear lets be friends, because friends are like clothes without them one is naked

Dear lets be friends, because friends are like clothes without them one is naked

Hello Dear,

I am a 30 year old single by name, Miss Kimberly Lujan living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I have brown/red hair, hazel eyes. I am LOOKING FOR A MALE PAL so if that bothers you, sorry. I enjoy spending time with the right person, just getting to know more about them.

I am a cuddle bug. I like to just sit curled up somewhere, not necesarily in front of the T.V., just in your arms. I am an honest, sincere, kind hearted person, who has had a streak of bad luck in love lately.

I am hoping to finally find someone who will take my heart and treat it like it's made of glass. I am tired of being hurt, and tired of my kids being hurt. No more head games, and NO ONE THAT IS MEDICATED!!! No alcoholics either.

So if you think that you might be interested, just let me know. By contacting me through my pravite mail address which is, .What am I looking for? I want a real man. A coat and tie man who smells nice would be a good start. I want a man who meant be so carring than I do.

I have high standards for myself. I'm fiercly loyal to my family and my job. I work with N.G.O here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with a recuitment organization. I'm kind, caring, and warm. I love to meet new people. I enjoy traveling and watching comedies. I also love a good romance. I believe first impressions are very important.

I am looking for a man who is ready for a young lady like me, who knows what she wants. I am looking for a serious relationship as well. I'm ready to settle down. Also, I am a spiritual person. I attend mass quite frequently.So if you know that you are really intrested dont fail to contact me through my e-mail. .

Sincerely Yours

Miss Kimberly Lujan

Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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