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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: Sandra Tazi <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 01:54:47 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: hi

Hello dear,i am sandra by name,a female,how are you today,i hope all is well with you.I am sorry to worry you with my proposal for a long lasting relationship with you,but i know that you will grant my request in good faith,and understanding.i know you will be suprise how i got your email,i got your email when i was browsing

looking for a honest,and trusted partner,then i feel to drop this few line to you,

and i will like you to reply me through my email so that i can give you my picture

to know whom i am,and i believe we can move from there,hoping to hear from you soonest,thanks.

Yours sandra

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