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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: "Jany Adams" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:35:19 -0700
Subject: Re: Greetings!

Hello dear,
I am Jany Adams; 26 years old girl, 5 feet 8 great light in completion of the search for a man who understands love as trust and faith and did not see it as a way of always fun but a matured man with sense of humor I am interested in a relationship with you, and I will also like to know more about you. You are free to write me again, so I can tell you more about my self with my pictures. Also bear in mind that Love has no colors barrier, no educational back ground barrier, no socio-economic Barrier, religious, language, nationality or distance barrier is only important to love and understanding. I am waiting for your mail and explanations about you. I believe we can start from here. I am waiting to hear from you and I'll send you my photos and tell you more about myself.
Thank you,

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