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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: "Titi Kambo" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:04:44 +0000
Subject: hi

Hello dear,My name is Titi and I am making this contact with hope of an urgent response. I have an important issue to share with you urgently and need you to be a friend,I have seen your profile which I liked. Please respond through ( ( ),where i can give a proper introduction. Hugs !
Geia sas agapité, to ónomá mou eínai Titi kai káno aftí tin epafí me elpída gia mia epeígousa apántisi. Écho éna simantikó zítima na moirastó mazí sas epeigóntos kai na sas chreiasteí na eíste fílos, écho dei to profíl sas pou mou árese. Parakaló apantíste méso (, ópou boró na dóso mia sostí eisagogí. Ankaliés !

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