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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: "wilson lovina" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 00:31:02 +0000
Subject: Salut

Salut ,

je sais que cela peut sembler étrange pour vous, recevant un courrier d'une
personne inconnue, mais la condition m'a forcé de faire ainsi.

Je dois vous envoyer cette proposition pour transférer mon héritage de
18.000.000 $ (million d'USD) à votre pays pour des investissements pour me
permettre de continue mes études et résider chez vous tandis que vous vous
occupez de nos investissements. Votre réponse urgente à ma situation
critique me donnera plus de courage pour vivre comme j'ai perdu mon parents
et je n'ai personne dans ce monde

J'attend vos réponse le plus vite possible, SVP repond à

Merci et a bientôt

lovina Wilson


Hello Dear ,

I know this may sound strange to you, receiving a mail from an unknown
person, but condition forced me to do so.

I ought to send you this proposal with the arm to transfer my inherited
estate of $18.000.000(Million USD) to your country for investments to enable
me continue my studies and to reside there while you take care of our
investments. Your urgent response to my plight will give me more courage to
live as I have lost my parents, and have nobody in this world.

Thank you for your comprehension, please reply to:

Lovina Wilson

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