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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: Anna Ek <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:01:28 +0200
Subject: Idag ar en fantastisk dag att fa nya bekanta.

En portal med sina egna ovanliga funktioner.

Sok efter sex i narheten, liksom tematisk dejting och virtuell kommunikation.

- Webbkamerakommunikation ar tillganglig.

- Dating kontinuerligt.

- Real dating for sex och intima moten.

Valet av en partner utfors med hjalp av geolokaliseringstjanster, sA du kan hitta din sjalsfrande i narheten idag!

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. Bli medlem. 

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