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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: Lisa Williams <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 05:06:38 -0700
Subject: Hello

Hi Dear,

I was just going through the Internet search when I found your email
address, I want to make a new and special friend, so I decided to contact
you to see how we can make it work out if we can. Please I wish you will
have the desire with me so that we can get to know each other better and
see what happens in future.

My name is Lisa Williams, I am an American, but presently I live in the UK,
I will be glad to see your reply for us to know each other better to
exchange pictures and details about us

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