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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: veragirlmpka <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 21:15:29 -0800 (PST)

 Hi Dear !
 How are you doing today i,hope every thing is fine,? if so thanks be to God almighty
who made it so ,My name is vera and i am a 23 years old young baby
girl. my language is English I saw your contact email on
discovering research today and I personal become interested to be  your
friend even more than that ,but as time goes on we will know better. I
will be very glad if you can contact me through my email address, so
that i can send you my pictures and tell you more about myself
Hoping to talk to you soon ,have a nice day and remain Blessed.

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