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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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Fraud email example:

From: "tida adams" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:29:37 +0530
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?aGVsbG8=?=

I am a very single and romatic,sexy black female with lots of love to show and share with the right partner.i am very understanding,open and broad minded.I love to travel and listen to very good music on the candlight.I do believe in the power of love and know for sure that it takes two to make a pair. I am looking to meet a nice partner to share my moments with,a very loving, caring,relaible and understanding man who would decide to spend and share the rest of his life with me to explore the hidden treasures of love and all that it brings and a man who's passionate has a great sense of humour,one with a good heart and above all one who respects a lady you can cont with this email so that we can know each other better tidaGet Yourself a cool, short Email ID now!

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