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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: blessing bless <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 00:43:53 -0700
My name is Blessing Mandisi from Sierra Leone in west africa,I am 5.8ft
tall,dark in complexion,(never married before )and presently I am residing
now in Dakar-Senegal.
I like to explore new thing.I am emotional and spiritual,show affection,be
caring,loving.I am hardworking,I have good sense of humour.I am passionate,I
show affection in public and private,I like the outdoors alot.I like going
to beach during summer,karaoke,cooking,camping,watching
movies,travelling.Pls darling I am very interested to meet you and have you
as my loved one so far we are compatible.If you are interested in me you can
write me through my email address. We can study ourselfs very well and I
know we will make a wonderful home.I will stop here and wait to hear from
you.I will send you my pictures as soon as I hear from you.
lots of love.