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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: viviannhiany <>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2012 01:47:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: hi

how are you doing today? i hope all is will with you,
my name is Vivian,i found your profile on website then i when though it so i pick interest in you and i believe age don't matter what matters in live is love and Caring that we have for each other then i don't mind to have a friendship with you also  tell you more about  myself and send you my picture i am wait for your Reply

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