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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: Jayden < >
Date: 03 Aug 2020 20:20:15 -0700
Subject: Hello i will love to meet you

Hello ��
........your photos attracted me to texting you hope you don’t find that offensive

I was searching for an old friend of mine on facebook,when I saw your profile, It was really thrilling and every thing about you interests me,I find you to be a very interesting person,you look caring,honest and above all you are a very beautiful woman I would love to know more about you. I would love to get acquainted with you. I really find this strange because it's very unlike me.

I appreciate it if you write back to me, just write me this is my email address hope to here from you soon.  or better still send me your WhatsApp number.
Hope to hear from you soon.....

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