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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: Christine Nyustrom <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:00:18 +0200
Subject: otichny alternativet hade kul idag

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

- Saker och enkel sokning.

- Sok efter en sexpartner bland de basta flickorna.

- Utbyte av erotiska bilder online.

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

Du kan soka efter en sexpartner pA Internet for olika andamAl: for vanliga moten, ett engAngsdatum, en romantisk resa.

GA med pA vAr nya sociala natverkssajt och traffa nya manniskor varje dag. riktiga bekanta. 

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