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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: Charlotte Wicklund <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 10:46:32 +0200
Subject: maximal avkoppling

En portal med sina egna ovanliga funktioner.

Sex, dating, BDSM.

- Nya bekanta och flirta.

- Dejta endast med riktiga manniskor.

- Riktiga profiler av manniskor som letar efter och vill ha sex.

Om du inte har tid eller fardigheter att jaga efter den andra halften kommer denna app att minska dina energikostnader betydligt.

Det ar latt att bekanta sig med en kille eller en tjej for sex eller att kommunicera om intima amnen, utbyta erotiska bilder.

Har kan du garantera ratt kontakt med manniskor som vet vad de vill ha. Kom in! 

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