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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: Kimudi Blessing <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 20:45:06 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hello Friend

Hello Friend
How are you? Guess fine. First, my name is blessing, I'm  young good looking girl,kind and friendly.Well i came through your profile and I decided to drop you a note.Meanwhile could you write me something more about yourself while i get back at you including my picture? Contact me through my private address.(
Have a very wonderful day.
kiss with love and trust

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