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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: "Miss Kira"<>
Reply-To: "Miss Kira"<>
Date: 16 Oct 2018 15:58:10 -0700
Subject: From Miss Kira


My Name is Miss Kira Genzo, I am a 17 years old girl, I am writing you from Houston, Texas in United States of America, I am an Orphan, I am the only child of my parents.

I search your email address from the online e-mail Database Directory through the Internet search, I would like to communicate with you about my interest plan in relocating to your country for my safety.

I am a Chinese American, my father is from China while my mother is American. I was born and raised in the United States. I can speak only English because I have spent all my life here in the USA but I can read and write Chinese, I have never been to my father land.

My father has died of a heart attack for the past few months and I sincerely need your help now because my life is in Danger.

I want to discuss and handle a very important business with you.

I will write you more details of the business when I receive your reply.

Please reply immediately to my personal email address

I wait for your next reply.

Reply only to my private email address:

Thank you.

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