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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: "Dr.Leslie" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:10:25 -0500
Subject: Hi dear

Hello dear,

how are you today I hope that everything is ok with you as it is
my great pleasure to contact you in having communication with you
starting from today, i was just playing around through the
internet search when i found your email address,i want to make a
very new and special friend,so i decided to contact you to see
how we can make it work if we can.

please i wish you will have the desire with me so that we can get
to know each other better and see what happens in future.

Leslie Hendrik, i am from United State of America but presently i
live and work in England, I will be very happy if you can write
me back so that we can know each other, I will give you my
pictures and details about me upon hearing from you. I am new
here and i don't know how to upload pictures but i can send them
to you if you care for it.

I wish you all the best.

Your new friend
Leslie Hendrik.

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