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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: Lovet Garba <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:32:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hi My Dear !

Hi My Dear !
How are you doing today ,hope every thing is under control ,? if so thanks be to God almighty who made it so ,My name is miss lovet.I come across your profile in site and I personaly became interested in being your friend even more than that ,but as time gose on we will know better,though we can not meet face to face for the moment ,but all is the same.I will be very glad if you can grant me my request and do me a favour by replying back ,then I will be glad to express my self and feeling to you.and have other things to share togather .So feel free to contact me any time you wish hoping to talk to you soon ,have a nice day and ramain Bless.

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