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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:

Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 00:32:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: waiting for your urgent Response

Good day ,
I hope that my Email Meets you well. I am in need of your Assistance. My Name is Sgt. rank Taylor.I am in the Engineering Military unit here in Baqubah in Iraq. We have about $15 million US Dollars that we want to move out of the Country. my Partners and i need a Good Partner someone we can trust. It is oil money and Legal.

But we are moving it through Diplomatic means to send it your house directly or a bank of your choice using Diplomatic courier Services. The most important thing is that can we trust you? Once the funds get to you , you take 30% out of it and part is sending it tp you.

If you are interested i will furnish you with more details . but the whole process is simple and we must keep a low Profile at all times. I look forward to your reply and cooperation , and i thank you in advance as i Anticipate your cooperation .contact me with this E mail:{}

waiting for your urgent Response ...
Regards ,
SGT frank Taylor

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