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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: aaron allmon <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:05:02 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dear .....

Dear .....

l humbly and honestly solicit your immediate assistance though this unsolicited mail may come to you as a surprise due to the high level of crime emanating from the internet.
My name is Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regimient,Patrols Tal Afar, in Iraq. I am presently in Germany for the mean time. I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude.

Please view this link to see my picture:

We have in our possession the sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million US Dollars), which belongs to Saddam Hussein. These funds have been moved to Credit Control Commission Dusseldorf Germany, please view this link for more details:

Basically since we are working for the American Government, we cannot keep these funds, but we decided to use our bullet box and package the Fund and move it down to European Credit Control Commission Dusseldorf Germany,

Thats ur reason of contacting you, so that you can keep it for us in your safe account or an offshore account.I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share of the sum will be 30% of the US$10 million, 70% for us and rest assure that this business is 100% safe on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality.

Therefore, if you are interested, please reply immediately
Respectfully submitted
Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

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