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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: "Florance Buba" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 04:15:44 -0700
Subject: Oh My Friend,

Oh my friend=2C

Nice Meeting You=2Ci wanna be your friend=2EFirst friendship cannot be seen or even be touched=2Cit must be felt within the heart=2EHoping you feel just the way i do=2Ewow=2C friends are like clothes=2C without them you feel naked!I guess am right=2E
Miss Florance Buba=2CI will tell you more about me=2C my family and all that maybe necessary in this relationship when you reply to this mail=2EIf this interest you=2C get back to me on my email =3A=28florancebubaa=40yahoo=2Ecom=29
Yours dearly=2C

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