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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: princess williams <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:02:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear

My name is princess,  in search of one
who understands love as trust and faith rather seeing it as a way of
fun, but a mature one with good sense of humor, i got your contact
today,   i develop interest on you,

i believe we can start from here,Am waiting for your  reply so that i can send my pictures and  further introductions.

kiss from.

Miss Princess

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