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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: nacy Johnson <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:59:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Nice to meet you.


Nice to meet you.                                               

name is Nancy, 25 years old girl , and my hobbies is reading writen, i
love friends around the word,  because  i belive that without 
friendship somone  feel necked  and blind, lost many good
opportunity.that is why i like  making friendship  with responsible
person that no the value of friendship, all over the world, A
distinguished ladies and gentle men to develop a nice friendship with.  I
love going church.  I am very entertained by all the wonderful things I
find in the bible.   I have  black hair
and brown eyes,
olive back  skin, and a fit body. my personality is a bit spicy.  One
of my favorite things to do is dance!  I believe I was dancing before I
could walk!   It's a great way to have fun!

presently live in the camp in  Dakar Senegal   country, but I have been
unfortunate to travel to any places throughout my lifetime.  For this
reason I guess you could say I have developed a national teste for
friendship and therefore look to the internet to meet people of various
countries to satisfy my appetite for a national flavor of friends.
am a person who values friendship as the spice of my life.  I believe
anything you do will be great fun as long as you are doing it with good
friends It would be nice to
become friends with you I will been very glad if you can reply me back,
please write me back through my email  Hope to
read from you soon.

Thanks from
Miss Nancy Johnson

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