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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: nora makki <>
Reply-To: nora makki <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 23:52:45 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Hello My Dear

Hello My Dear
How are you and your days hope fine,my name is Nora Makki i am 24 years old girl full of honest and caring person i saw your profile on forwarded email address i decided to write you so that we can know each other please do write me through my email address so that i will send you my pictires and tell you more about me.



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