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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: Titi Simmons <>
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 04:57:09 +0100
Subject: Hello dear,its me Titi Simmons

Hei hyvää päivää, kuinka voit? Toivon, että tämä viesti on otettu hyvin
vastaan. Nimeni on Titi Simmons, nuori ja yksinäinen tyttö, joka haluaa
tavata jonkun uuden suhteiden ja liiketoimintamahdollisuuksien suhteen.
Näin profiilisi, kiinnostuin ja päätin ottaa sinuun yhteyttä. On hyvä
tietää, jos olet kiinnostunut tapaamaan minua, jotta voit tehdä niin
lähettämällä sähköpostia minulle ( Vastaan
kuvilla ja asianmukaisella johdannolla heti, kun kuulen sinusta. on upea

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