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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: US ARMY IN IRAQ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2010 15:55:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: KINDLY READ THIS !!! --- FROM:US ARMY IN IRAQ
My name is Col. Brian Dennison Kent, a US Army serving in the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. I want you to read this mail carefully and understand it.
In 2003, my men and I found over $900 million in Saddam Hussein's hideout in Baghdad, we sent some back to the Iraq government after counting it in a classified location, but we also kept some behind for ourselves. Some of the money we shared among ourselves worth over $200million, I kept mine for a while in a secured place.President Barrack Obama is making plans on pulling us out of Iraq.
I need someone to help me, everything is ready.I just need someone I can trust because i lost a box of gold to someone that said he will help me,I won't like to make the same mistake.The total amount of money is $10million. View the below link to verify/confirm my statement.
If you can handle this deal let me know immediately, you will receive 20% of the money , all you need to do is to find a safe place where you can keep the box till i leave Iraq. Get back to me immediately at: email@example.com
Col. Brian D.Kent
US Military Baghdad,Iraq.