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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: "christine francoise" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:30:11 +0100
Subject: Re;i got your information via e-commerce trade web page online

I am Christine,i got your email via e-commerce trade portal,while i was searching for an honest person to partner with in an investment of 7.6million united state dollars,i appreciate if you will partner,get back to me with your willingness in partnering with me,if there be any enqiury you need before venturing into this with me,feel free to ask me.

With regards

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