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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: linea carlis <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 06:56:10 -0600
Subject: Compliment of the season to you

Dearest Friend, I am Miss.Linea Carlis. I'll like to share this business opportunity with you.I have USD $7million in Financial Firm ready for claiming, i need your help to stand as a business partner to my late father to make claims to the money from the firm and help me to invest it in your country. I propose 25% of the total money to you also 10% for any expenses that might incurred during the cause of this transaction while 65% is to be held on trust by you until we can decide on a suitable business investment in your country subsequent to my free movement to join you. I''ll write you with more details when you reply me with your readiness to handle this issue.It will appreciated if you can send your full data to me when replying so that i can know you more about you. Thanks and God Bless you abundantly.Remains blessed as i hope to hear from you soon. Yours Respectfully, With lots of love Linea Carlis
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