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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: anita useh <>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:44:34 -0800 (PST)
Subject: How are you ?

How are you ?

I guess you are fine and living good happy new year dear. my name is
Anita a beautiful young girl I find you and and i'm interesting to know
you and establish a serious relationship with you. I wanna be your
friend for first friendship cannot be seen or even be touched, it must
be felt within the heart.Hoping you feel just the way i do. Wow!

friends are like clothes without them you feel naked!I guess am right.I
will tell you more about me, my family and all that maybe necessary in
this relationship, If this is okay by you feel free to contact me as to
enable us get to know each other better. Have a wonderful day with lot
of happiness. best regards Anita.

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