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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: jennifer Elamin <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 03:30:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello Dear,


My name is Jennifer,a tall good
looking young girl,so lovely and caring with good understanding.fair in
complexion,care with good sharing,honesty.I saw your profile which
interested me much and i decided to contact you.

 I really want to
have a good friiendship with you even if you have married we can be
friends ,i have a reason of selecting you as my friend,pls if you wish
to know more.Pls contact me through this my e-mail address ok ,

need to talk and know ourself more and equally share pictures to each
other.hope to hear from you.

Please reply me with my e-mail
address here

Yours New Friend

Miss Jennifer


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