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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: benedicta kassala <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 06:56:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Prazer_em_conhec=EA-lo--Nice_to_meet_you?=

Meu nome é Benedita Kassala, interessado em você,

e gostaria de tê-lo como meu amigo,

para um amigo é tudo sobre respeito, admiração e amor. Também

Consiste de amizade é a partilha de idéias e planejamento em conjunto,

eu pretendo enviar-lhe as minhas fotos se você me responda.

entre em contato comigo através do meu endereço de e-mail privado hoje

de modo que eu vou lhe enviar as minhas fotos para um bom começo de amizade.

Agradecimentos de Benedita.

My name is Benedicta Kassala, Interested in you,

and wish to have you as my friend,

for a friend is all about Respect, Admiration and love. Also

Consist of friendship is sharing of ideas and planning together,

i intend to send you my pictures if you reply me.

please contact me through my private email address today

so that i will send you my pictures for a good start of friendship.

Thanks from Benedicta.

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