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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: "daniel smith" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 01:43:49 +0000

Dear Sir/Ma,
My name is Daniel Smith , I am an African soldier, a citizen of
Lagos,Nigeria.I was attached to UN peace keeping force in Iraq, I am serving
in the military of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, as you know insurgents
everyday and car bombs are attacking us. We managed to move some funds
belonging to Saddam Hussein's family. The total amount is US$25 Million
dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar note. We want to move this money to you,
so that you may invest it for us and keep our share for banking.

We will take 60%, my partner and I, you we take the other 30% and the
remaining 10% for any expenses . No strings attached, just help us move it
out of Iraq, Iraq is a war zone. We plan on using diplomatic courier and
shipping the money out in one large silver box, using diplomatic immunity.

If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a
good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you?
When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your
interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers for quick
communication also your personal contact details. This business is risk
free. The box can be shipped out in 48hrs. this is my pravate reply e-mail reply me on this email box:
This is my private phone no +234-8052809940 you can give me a call anytime.
Thanks you and God will always bless you for taking your time to respond to
my mail.

Sgt. Daniel Smith


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