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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: Juliet Sary <>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:20:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: with big Kisess And Hugs! From Miss Juliet


email finds u in good
health, I come across
name and
love site as I have interest In u  i deem it very  necessary to
get in
touch with u for a long-lasting relationship. beside My name is Juliet
22yrs old female, has decent hobbies like reading and swimmimg and i
desires to make long-lasting friendship with you. Do u think age,
colour or distance  is any bar to make such friendly relationship with
you? If not, then stretch your hand to me and accept mine. If you feel
like we will be friends fine,then u mail me back, so that I will
forward u my photos and Introduce myself to u more, So from there we
will get to know each other very well .just bear in mind that there is
only one happiness in life,to love and be loved. I will always remain
yours in love. with big Kisess And Hugs!
From Miss Juliet

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