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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: Jamila Abbas <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2022 06:08:25 -0800
Subject: Hello dear

Helo dear,

I am a single honest woman, looking for a good honest man to spend
rest of my life together. You don't love someone because they're
perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not. write me
here and i will send you some of my photos and more detail about me.
Have a good day.

My number +221767494956

love you
Jamila Abbas

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