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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: "Terry Anderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2019 11:07:36 -0700


I like your profile (smile) and all you wrote. I'm looking for friend with

the hope of finding a real connection. Ultimately I'd like to share my life

with one good Partner. I love animals, being outdoors, travelling and much

more. I have a great career that I enjoy. I'm not looking for a short term

rather someone who would like to have a mutually supportive and trusting

relationship. I enjoy someone with a fun sense of humor and a friendly

smile. The most important traits I look for in a Partner are honesty and

integrity. You can email me via, text me via

253-216-8166 for connection.

Yours sincerely,


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