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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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Fraud email example:

From: Sgt Morgan Brickks <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 13:09:41 +0400
Subject: FROM:Sgt Morgan Brickks

From Sgt Morgan Brickks
of D Company, 2ND Battalion,
22ND Infantry Regiment, Iraq,

Good day,
I am Sergeant Morgan Brickks, serving in the D Company, 2ND Battalion 22ND,Infantry Regiment, Iraq.

As you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs.

I and my crew members discovered $650M USD in Saddam Hussein's palace in April 2003. We now managed to move away a total sum US$45 Million dollars cash out from the $650MUSD, mostly 100-dollar bills and was quickly flown out of the war zone and deposited in an undisclosed security company,You can as well click on the website for more details about the funds:

Unfortunately, the rest of my crew members have lost their lives to the wicked Iraq insurgents. Also very soon all the troops will be withdrawn from Iraq, I therefore seek your partnership to assist me move these funds into your account and invest the funds without further delay.

I will take 65% while you take the other 30% and 5% will be for expenses,no strings.

If you are interested I will send you the full details but my fear is that can I trust you once the funds get to you?, I need a good partner, someone I can trust because It is a top confidential transaction and I am moving it through diplomatic means to send it out from here completely using diplomatic courier service with the help of the finance firm where it is presently deposited.

Your own part of this deal is to act as the foreign beneficiary to sign and receive the fund on my behalf and my own part is sending it to you.

The fund at present is under the custody of a finance company security vault and I want a straight answer from you if you will be interested to make his deal successful for me, you respond and send to me your name, address and phone number.

This business is risk free and you must keep this transaction top secret.

Sgt Morgan Brickks

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