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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: "Charlotte Peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 23:15:30 +0100
Subject: Hello From U.S

Hello Dear,
Nice to reach you..! How are you doing hope you are doing pretty great. I am Charlotte Peters, a Female of (25 ) year of age from florida in the United
States of America, I work in a non governmental organization,(YMCA).However if you wish that we know each other better kindly reach me back
through; Bye for now and remain in touch

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