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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:

Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 20:54:08 +0900
Subject: Hello

::: TTMailer :::

Hi Dear

How are you over there in your country? It will be a great thing to me if i receive your response, I am miss Grace, 21 years single girl never married, i added you as a friend after visited your contact profile at google net directly, i wish to have a serious discussion or even relationship with you because i have the feeling that you will be a true someone to shear with, Although we haven't meet before but i believed that to know someone is just a day, i will send my pictures and other details of mine as soon as i receive your response to my mail so that i will be confidentially explain my self and my purpose of contacting you for our further communication. May God bless you as I'm waiting for your reply.

With My Love & respect
Miss Grace
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