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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: "Caroline" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:43:12 +0000
Subject: Hello Dear....

I am Caroline Tessy by name and i want us to be friends am Looking for a good friend,and i came across your email, on line, please write me back so that i will give you every details about my self, i hope to hear from you.Remember the distance or age or colour does not matter but care and love matters allot in life, PLEASE WRITE ME DIRECTLY WITH THIS EMAIL ADDRESS SO THAT I WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT ME OK,
soonest yours,
Caroline Tessy.

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