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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: Jamilaa Mohajeri <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 09:00:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Ciao Caro One

Ciao Caro One
Come stai oggi, spero che tutto vada bene con you.Sorry preoccuparti con la mia proposta di un rapporto con te, ma so che la mia richiesta sarà esaudita nel modo giusto e la comprensione, il mio nome è jamilaa Miss, i visto il tuo profilo oggi a Internet e diventato intrested in voi, anche io come saperne di più su m you.I 'sperando di sentirti presto in modo che io manderò i dettagli di me stesso tra cui la mia immagine per you.I pensare si possa passare da here.Bear in mente che l'Amore non ha alcuna barriera di colori, nessuna barriera educativo ritorno a terra, nessuna barriera socio-economico, religioso, lingua, nazionalità o barriera di distanza, l 'unica cosa importante è l'amore, la verità, la cura e la comprensione.
Hi Dear One
How are you today,I hope everything is well with you.Sorry to worry you about with my proposal for a relationship with you,but I know that my request will be granted in a good and understanding way,my name is Miss jamilaa,i saw your profile today at and became intrested in you,also i will like to know more about you.I'm hoping to hear from you soon so that i will send more details about my self Including my picture to you.I think we can move from here.Bear in mind that Love has no colours barrier,no educational back ground barrier,no socio-economic barrier,religious,language,nationality or distance barrier,the only important thing is love,truth,caring and understanding.

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