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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: Marie Stromberg <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:35:44 +0200
Subject: Seriost forhallande

Vi erbjuder dig en unik mojlighet till kommunikation.

Datingportal for perfekt dejting.

- mAnga intressanta kvinnor letar efter snabb dating.

- Sok efter en sexpartner bland de basta flickorna.

- Stort urval av sexprofiler och annonser.

Anvandare har tillgAng till detaljerade frAgeformular, sokning efter geolokalisering, kommentarer pA fotot och mojligheten att mota utan sitt eget profilfoto, det vill saga nastan anonymt.

Det ar en plattform som bryr sig om en sak: det foreslAr manniskor i ditt omrAde att du kan arrangera att traffas for vild sex och sA vidare.

Skapa en session sensuell och intim kommunikation med sota flickor. Kom in! 

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