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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: Monicar Ndadaye <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 01:00:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: hello


mi nombre es Miss Monica, vi tu dirección de correo electrónico de hoy y me interesé en you.with un corazón cálido ofrezco mi amistad a usted.

me gustaría saber que más y yo humildemente les pido que me escriba a través de mi dirección de correo electrónico al ( para que yo pueda darle mis fotos y más detalles sobre me.Hope saber de ti pronto, tener un buen día.



mándame un e-mail =


my name is miss monica,i saw your profile today and i became interested in you.with a warm heart i offer my friendship to you.

i will like to know you the more and i humbly ask that you write to me through my email address at( that i can give you my pictures and more details about me.Hope to hear from you soon,have a nice day.



please send me an email =

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