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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: nancy bashan <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:49:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hi Love

היי אהבה
אני בחורה צעירה ומקסימה ויפה מחפשים אהבה הגנה אמיתית, עברתי את הפרופיל שלך, אני מאוד שמח ליצור איתך קשר לנו לדעת את עצמנו.
אתה יודע, המרחק גיל ואכן צבע לא יכול לעצור אהבה אמיתית. בבקשה,
אני אעריך אם לשלוח דואר אלקטרוני לתיבה פרטית הדואר האלקטרוני שלי:
אז אני יכול לשלוח תמונות שלי מידע נוסף אודות אליך העצמי שלי.


Hi Love
I am a beautiful young and charming girl looking for real love and protection,I have gone through your profile, I and am very happy to contact you for us to know ourselves.
You know that distance, age and indeed color cannot stop true love. Please,
I would appreciate if you send E-mail to my private E-mail box:
So that i can send my pictures and more information about my self to you.

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