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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: "Vera Named" <vare1@care2.com>
Reply-To: <veraamudu40@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 03:33:32 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear


Hello Dear,
My name is vera. How are you? Hope all is well with you? and you are in
a good condition of health.please if you don't mind i will like you to
write me on this ID veraamudu40@yahoo.com
hope to hear from you soon,and I will be waiting for your mail because i
have something serious and important to tell you,
Thanks and remain blessed
vera.


<P><p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2" style="font-size:13.5px">_______________________________________________________________<BR>Care2 makes it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle
and impact the causes you care about most. Over 12 Million members!
http://www.care2.com

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