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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Eva Doha A <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:42:18 +0000
My name is Eva Doha A. I am 24 years old girl in search of a man who
understands love as trust and faith rather seeing it as a way of fun
always but a matured man with sense of humor. so you should also
consider trying a new thing by making a open avenue to meet and know
new people as this may bring us a happy dream together. I am
interested in having a relationship with you, I will also like to Know
you the more, you can send an email to my email address so that I can
send you more details about my self Including my picture.
I believe we can move from here. But bear in mind that Love has no
colors barrier, no educational back ground barrier, no socio-economic
Barrier, religious, language, nationality or distance barrier, the
only important Thing there is love. I am waiting for your mail and a
brief information about you. I believe we can start from here.