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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: "SGT IBRAHIM" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:37:14 +0100
Subject: How is everything going, I hope great?

How is everything going, I hope great?

Though i have not considered this medium to be the best manner to have
approached you on this issue being that the internet has been greatly abused
over the recent years and is very unsecured for informations of vital
I have decided to take the chance seeing that no other means could have been
faster and more efficient than the E-mail. I write to you irrespective of
the fact you do not know me,but please do consider this letter as a request
from a brother in dire need of assistance.

My name is Ali Ibrahim(Sgt)an American soldier,but British by Birth, I am
serving in the military of the 1st Armored Division here in Iraq.As you know
we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs,it will come
worst now Saddam Hussein was executed. During one of our rescue Mission we
came across a safe that contains the total sum of $21,000,000 (Twenty one
Million Us Dollars) that belongs to the revolutionari es, which I believe
they use in buying weapons and ammunitions, and it was agreedby all party
present that the money will be shared amongst us. You can go to this web
link to read about events that took place here:

stm Out of the total fund my share was $8,000,000 (Eight Million US
Dollars). I am seeking your assistance to evacuate my share of the money,
which is $8,000,000 out of here to you, in as much as you can assure me that
my own share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.

This is no stolen money,and there are no dangers involved, as I have made
arrangements with a UN representative based in Asia who promised to deliver
the fund to any of my choosing destination. I shall be compensating you with
US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) on final
conclusion of this project,while the rest shall be for me for my investment
purposes. One passionate app eal I will make to you is not to discuss this
matter with a third party, should you have reasons to reject this
offer,please destroy this e-mail as any leakage of this information will be
too bad for me.

I do not know for how long we will remain here, and I have survived two
suicide bomb attacks, which prompted me to reach out for help because I will
be migrating to you to invest and start a new life not as a soldier anymore.
Please if this proposal is acceptable by you, kindly send me an e-mail
signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone numbers
for quick ommunication also your home address where the fund would be

please send your reply to my private
soon as I receive your email with the information, I will furnish you
with full details on when and how the fund shall be delivered to you by the
diplomat and he will make a contact with you before anything move.

Waiting for our urgent reply.
Best regards,
Sgt. Ali Ibrahim.

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