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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: "MY LOVE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:22:17 -0700
Subject: My Dear,

My Dear,
greeting my dear?forgive me for burdering you. but you have to understand that after going through your profile,

and looking deep into your lovely eyes I beleive that you are the type of person I am looking for to spend the rest

of my life with.I like you my dear,and i want to hold a very strong relationship with you. I promise, I will not

brake your heart forever.I will stop here my love,until i receive your lovely reply barck to my email box.Have a

lovely day
Best Regards

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