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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: Favor Bebe <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 09:19:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: HI




are you? i hope
you are fine, My name is Miss Favor, I
will like us to exchange good relationship,Remember the distance or
color does not matter but love matters a lot in life,i am waiting for
your response so that i will send you my picture and tell you more about
me,Take care and have a nice time.

Miss Favor.

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