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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: goodness godwill <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:44:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: My name is Goodness,

How r u,

My name is Goodness,

I am tall,good,looking,girl full of love...

I saw your profile at this site and was delighted to contact you,

I hope you will be the true loving, honest and caring friend that I have been looking 4,

And I have something (special) to tell you about me,Remember the
distance or colour or age does not matter but love matters a lot in life
So please contact me directly through my email address at ( so that I can also send

my picture directly to you.



            Please dear mail me directly to my inbox



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