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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: lala hassan <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 03:55:06 +0100 (BST)
Subject: hi

Hello Dear,How are you,I hope all is well with you. My Name is Lala Hassan from libya,am Pleased to contact you. from online friends site, it really interest me in having communication with you this 2011. I will appreciate if you can write me back for easiest communication[] for friendship and to share more love words with you. have a nice day.I am waiting to hear from you soonest.Yours trulyLala Hassan

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