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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: "JODI ANDER.." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2019 07:16:23 -0800
Subject: <<<<<HI>>>>>


It was nice reading your profile.
I'm looking for friends with the hope of finding a real connection. Ultimately I'd like to share my life with one good woman.
I love animals, being outdoors, travelling and much more. I have a great career that I enjoy. I'm not looking for a short term
rather someone who would like to have a mutually supportive and trusting relationship. I enjoy someone with a fun sense
of humor and a friendly smile. The most important traits I look for in a woman are honesty and integrity.
You can text me via 253-216-8166 or email me via for connection.

Yours sincerely,
Jodi Anderson

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