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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: "Claudia Ezekiel" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:48:19 -0400
Subject: Hello

Hi dear,
How are you? Please do not be surprised to my message. I know that we have
with you a purpose in life - we want warmth and love. With your
permission, I will tell you more about me. I am cheerful, sociable girl. I
love to dream and enjoy life. I like to spend time in good company. But in
my heart right now is ice. I want to find a man who melts the cold. I'm
sure you can be my prince. so if you don't mind kindly get back to me as
quickly as possible so i can have a good relationship with you. We can
communicate and share pictures in the future.

I am anxiously waiting for your urgent response at your earliest convenient.
Your passionate Claudia

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