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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 23:50:53 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?B?KiBUeXlkeXTQtCB0YXJwZWVzaS4=?=

Re : paras treffialusta
Kutsumme sinut, rakas yst&auml;v&auml;mme, antamaan sinulle VIP -tilin 3 p&auml;iv&auml;ksi.
ja 1 kuukauden palvelu on ilmainen.
L&ouml;yd&auml; mieltymyksesi kaupungistasi.
Tyt&ouml;t ja miehet eri puolilta maailmaa tapaavat jokaiseen makuun.
Seksi ilman velvoitetta, LGBT -yhteis&ouml;, perheen perustaminen,
vahvat yst&auml;vyyssuhteet, swing -juhlat ja paljon muuta.
18+ l&ouml;yt&auml;&auml; tarpeesi.
yli 10 000 rekister&ouml;inti&auml; p&auml;iv&auml;ss&auml;.
Rekister&ouml;idy, t&auml;yt&auml; lomake ja vahvista s&auml;hk&ouml;postiosoitteesi.
Ole onnellinen sielunkumppanisi kanssa, joka on etsinyt sinua niin kauan.
Koska t&auml;&auml;ll&auml; ihmiset l&ouml;yt&auml;v&auml;t onnensa.
&Auml;l&auml; tuhlaa aikaa ja rekister&ouml;idy nyt.

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