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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: <>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 20:45:58 +0200
Subject: hello

Hello, with love and trust
my dear friend compliment of the day to name is Amanda a Saleeby
girl 23 years old kind caring loving honest and trustworthy and have fun with
compassionate and generous nature viewing your e-mail that really interest
I know more about you that is having the friendship of communication with you
if you have the desire to we can know each other
better sharing of feelings and thoughts together. I like you to write me
through my email for easiest communication.i will be waiting to read
you.I will be waiting for your email, please check that you answered me with the email address below, it is very confidential and private, thank you and have a nice day.
here's my e-mail

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