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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: "Valentina" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:51:17 +0300
Subject: HI! My name is Valentina, i want meet with you!

Hello stranger,
I want to introduce myself; I am Valentina a young marketing manager from Yekaterinburg, Russia. My parents are factory workers and I am from a middle class family. I have had a humble beginning in my life which has made me the humble and hardworking person that I am today, even after accomplishing much success in my professional life. .
But my personal life was not at all satisfactory, with no permanent and serious personal relations. I was almost feeling lost when I found this premium online dating website where thousands of beautiful and elegant women from Russia and parts of erstwhile Soviet Union have registered in search of suitable partners who are mainly foreigners.
We Russian ladies have always been attracted by foreigners, which maybe because of the Iron curtain we had which curtailed our view of the west. We are also attracted to the soft spoken and sophisticated nature of foreigners, which are hugely lacked by Russian men.
If you are a decent, loyal and reliable person who desires to love somebody for real then I request you to join this website by clicking here and hope to meet you soon there.

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