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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: ben christy <>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 11:46:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hi Dear.

Hi Dear.
I'm very glad to get in touch with you today? My name is Christy, I would really love to know you well? because i came across your profile today as i was searching for a good relastionship and be came so excited on your profile, therefore, If you don't mind and you really want to know who i am, kindly contact me back, so that it will enable us to know each other, including my pictures in other for to know exactly how i look like, I will eagerly expect to hear back from you as soon.
Thanks for your understanding,

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