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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: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 21:08:44 -0500
Subject: HELLO.

I hope my email meets you well. I am in need of your
assistance. My name is Sgt Jarvis Reeves. I am a military attache with
the Engineering unit here iBa'qubah Iraq for the united state, we have
about $25
Million dollars that we want to move out of the

My partners and I need a good partner someone we can trust to actualize
this venture.The money is from oil proceeds and> legal.But we are
moving it through diplomatic means to your house directly or a safe and
secured location of your choice using diplomatic courier services.

But can we trust you? Once the funds get to you, you take your 40% out
and keep our own 60%. Your own part of this deal is to find a safe
place where the funds can be sent to. Our own part is sending it to

If you are interested I will furnish you with mor details,

Awaiting your urgent response.
Your Buddy.
Sgt Jarvis Reeves

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