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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: "Captain Scott Duke" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 16:42:20 +0200
Subject: Captain Scott Duke

Dear Friend

I apologize if I did wrong by contacting.I am Captain Scott Duke, a US MARINE OFFICER. On 24Th June 2007

I and my troops were alerted on the need of some reconstruction works in Haifa Street, a long thoroughfare of high-rise buildings built and occupied by Saddam Hussein when he was alive here in Baghdad.

Immediately we proceeded to the site and as we commence work to our utmost surprise, we discovered an underground bunker in one of the buildings.

Upon investigation of the bunker to my surprise, we discovered one box safely hidden and sealed, I told my men to open the box in order to find out the contents of the box, and when they opened Box, to My Amazement the box contained $9.5Million us dollars.

i have kept it secret to my self and made my way to Kuwait Border, where i finally fly ed to London UK for my three days Treatment in London & Safe Keep the Consignment Box

I kept the box secured with a Senior United Nation UK Diplomat Smith Williams to keep for me as i am on my duty in Hafiz Iraq.

I Did not disclose the contents of the Box to the Diplomat.I told the United Nation UK Diplomat that the Box Contents Family Treasure Items.

I am Now looking for a Reliable and Trustworthy” person Like you to receive the consignment peacefully and legitimate once you reply with your postal address,telephone E-mail,full name and where he will deliver the consignment to you door to door step.

You will invest this money in a good investment for the benefit of both of us. i will give you 40% of the total sum for your assistance in helping me to to receive the consignment and invest the money, to enable the United Nation UK Diplomat to Deliver the Consignment to you in your door step

Please do not disclose this transfer to anybody as to protect this money between us. In the attached file below are my Driver License, US Marine Identity Card,and the trunk consignment box in my picture,for you to know me more.i will soon return back to my duty in Iraq on after three days here in UK London.

and to make sure that this money is secured here with United Nation Senior UK Diplomat to deliver to you in your postal address door step as he assured me once you contact him in London UK.

It wasn't easy for me to do that but I had to because that will make you believe my in tensions since you can identify who you are dealing with.

Haifa Iraq is a hot Zone 24hrs zone as you can see in television and news. i am happy that the consignment is secured in a UK by United Nation Diplomat sealed and lock with the code which i will give you to to open the consignment when the diplomat deliver it to you.

Please Remember UK Diplomat does not know the real contents of the box.the contents was not disclosed to them please don,t inform was official register as a family Treasure and Safe Keeping.

please send me your full name, telephone and postal address and your E-mail so that the diplomat will contact you for the transfer peacefully and legitimate.

i wait for your urgent reply.

Captain Scott Duke.

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