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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: Jack <>
Reply-To: Jack <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 04:03:20 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Hello dear

Hi dear,

I am a man, who is seriously looking for your love and affection, I am an adventurous, hardworking, seriously committed and kind a person. I am missing someone special to share my life with since my wife died. I hope you are someone who shares my commitment to life and if you want to be the special someone I am looking for. I hope you can decide to love me for who I am and not for what I have, because for me pure and true love is the foundation of a very lasting and successful relationship.
I hope to hear from you soon, Please write me and tell me more about yourself.
My kind regards,


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