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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: "vjsm" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:45:37 +0800
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Spam?=




但他从烟盒里取出一支揉皱的骆驼牌香烟递了过去      %    {RAND_NUMBER_0   }


她来得更勤了,差不多隔一天来一次        ”翠环看见她们站在花园门口讲那些话,她只顾听着,不敢去插嘴,后来又见淑英微笑了,便放下心,催促道:“二小姐,快走罢

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