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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: jenet godwill <>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 06:41:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: nice to meet you

to meet you
of the day i hope Ur doing fine over there,i will like to introduce my
self to you,my name is jenet single never been marry,as it is my
pleasure to write you after viewing your profile and i love it which really interest me in having
communication/friendship with you if you will have the desire with me,
please i will like you to contact me back with my email address ,so that
we can get to know each other better shear our feeling and see what
happened in future.i will be very happy if you can write me through my
email for easiest communication and to tell you more about me and send
you my picture,i will be waiting to hear from you thanks and have a nice
day, yours new friend.


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