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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: "" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:51:00 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Hello

How are you and how is
your work? i hope that all is well with you, My name is ms Charity ,i
know that you maybe-surprise how i get your email, i got your email
today when i was
browsing looking for honest partner,then i feel to
drop this few line to you , and i will like you to contact me through my
email so that we can know each other and exchange our pictures, and we
may-become partners.Remember the distance does not matter what matters
is the love
we share with each other.Contact me with below email address

Contact me back as soon as possible because i have important thing to share with you.

i am waiting to hear from you soon.
Regards Miss Charity

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