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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: Lynda Diamond <>
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 06:49:52 -0500
Subject: Placing Order!!!


I am lynda diamond, an American but I live and work here in Australia.
I will like to place an order for some items from you, but I will like to
know what you have available in stock.
Let me have your website address so I can view the products you have
presently in stock and if there is any special pricing I need to know about.
Lastly regarding payment I will be sending you my credit card for the full
payment charges for my order.
In order to avoid any form of delays can you let me know the type of credit
cards you accept?
I hope to hear from you as soon as possible so we can proceed with the Order



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