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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:

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:08:26 +0000
Subject: Hello dear, I'm just seeking for serious friendship

Hello my dear friend.
My pleasure to meet you, I know this mail will come to you as a surprise si=
nce we have not meet or had a previous correspondence.
My name is Ms Sofia Bahizire, I am a single young girl, and I am looking fo=
r a mature man with good sense of humor for lasting and serious relationshi=
p. =

I will like us to be good friends first. I will details more about myself =
with pictures to you in my next response. hope to hear from you if you are =
soon. thanks.
Yours sincerely.
Kindly write me back through my alternative email and get access to my pic=
tures and facebook (

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