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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: Brian Tim <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 04:31:14 -1200
Subject: Complement Of The Season.


I am sorry we don't know each other,it is very unfortunate that i had to resort to contacting a foreigner "(YOU)", to confide in.

I have a big issue in trusting people around me,Seems that everyone these days are very selfish, money conscious, lovers of money, untrustworthy, violent and without love for fellow.

Please where you live are there people that are still trustworthy,those that wouldn't betray for selfish gains?.

I will appreciate your sincere response and to keep in touch if you don't mind.

Your Sincerely
Brian Tim.

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