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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: nita love <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:10:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hello dear,

Hello dear,

how are you doing today??

hope all is ok with you,it's my pleasure to contact you today for a
relationship if you don't mind having interest,

so we can get to know each other and see what the future may tell.

i will appreciate if you can contact me with my e-mail address for
easiesting communication,i'm also waiting to se your contact to my box
then i can send my photo to your private mail box for you to know more
about me ok,,thank's and have a nice day.

your's love,,


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