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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: Ammed Evelin <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:21:11 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Compliment of the day

Ich grüße Dich, Mein Name ist Fräulein Evelin. Es gibt mir eine große Freude, Sie schreiben, wie ich Browsing wurde, als ich auf Ihre E-Mail Kontakt kam und es reizt mich, Ihnen zu schreiben, so dass wir Freunde sein können, wenn Sie den Wunsch, als mich haben wird. Ich werde sehr glücklich sein, um in Kommunikation mit Ihnen so sein, dass wir uns gegenseitig besser kennen lernen und auch ich habe einige sehr wichtige Sache, um mit Ihnen discause bitte lieber ist wichtig, schreiben Sie mir bitte zurück, sobald u beim Lesen dieser Mail fertig sind, Dank. Ich erwarte Ihre Antwort, damit ich erzählen kann man mehr über mich selbst und gebe Ihnen mein picture.Please wie ich versuche, mich zurück zu schreiben sagte OK, ich werde warten, von Ihnen zu hören.

Haben Sie einen gesegneten Tag.

Miss Evelin.

Meine E-Mail ......

Greetings to you,My name is Miss Evelin. It give me a great pleasure to write you as i was browsing when i came across your email contact and it attracts me to write to you so that we can be friends if you will have the desire as me. i will be very happy to be in communication with you so that we can get to know each other better and also i have some thing very important to discause with you please dear is important please write me back as soon as u finished reading this mail, Thanks. I await your reply so that i can tell you more about my self and give you my picture.Please like i said try to write me back OK, I will be waiting to hear from you.

Have a blessed day.

Miss Evelin.

My e-mail......

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