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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: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:13:27 -0700

I'm so glad, I just browsing right now in the Internet and found your profile here and your profile talks good about you, I was much feelings over it, my name is Engr. Jeff Graig, please i will like us to hold a good long time relationship with a real love, I'm happy to look at your profile today, you sound so gentle to me that was the reason why i fall very much interested in you, Please send your massage to my private mail here below. For more introduction and my pictures will be send to you by next mail, so we can know each other better.
Here is my private Email Address: ( OR (

Engr. Jeff Graig.

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