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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: "Dear friend," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 08:31:41 -0700

Dear friend,
I want to inform you that I am interested in your service as i intend to invest in your country,But i have a business proposal for you. I am a Captain with the British Army troop in Iraq,on war against
Based on the British legislative and executive decision for withdrawing troops from Iraq on the advent of President Barrack Obama,I have been deployed to come and work in one of EU military base
soonest. Our mission is to help beef up terrorist targeted states,mostly the United states and the European Union on the war against terrorism.
On the other hand I want to inform you that I have in my possession the sum of USD$12.8 million. which was recovered from one of our raids on terrorists here in Iraq because they keep most of their money at home for evil activities which they normally get through illegal deals on crude oil.
Based on the suffering we undergo here some of us do meet such luck. It happened that I went for this raid with the men in my unit and I decided to take it as my share for my stress here in this evil land
filled with suicide bombers.I deposited this money with a red cross agent informing him that we are making contact for the real owner of the money.It is under my power to approve whoever comes forth for this money. I wish to use this money to invest in anywhere in Europe or country outside the confines of the United Kingdom because that is where I intend to move over with my family at my retirement years.
I cannot move this money to Britain as i intend to invest out of England and i am a uniformed man so I need someone I could deal with.I chose your company because of its versatility as read over your
website and because i need somebody i can trust and it would be wise working with somebody like you who has a business where I can invest into. If you accept,I will transfer the money to Europe where you will be the beneficiary because I am a uniformed person and I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the beneficiary.
I am English and an intelligence officer at that so I have a 100% authentic means of transferring the money through diplomatic courier service .I just need your acceptance and all is done. Please if you
are interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully.I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why
I went to a secured website where I can be sure that the person is real and has a means for me to invest.
Where we are now we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which is secured so nobody can monitor our emails,then I can explain in details to you.I will only reach you
through email,because our calls our monitored,I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with.
If you are interested please send me your personal mobile number so I can call you for further inquiries when I am out of our military network.I am writing from a fresh email account so if you are not
interested do not reply to this email and please delete this message,if no response after 3days I will then search for someone else.I am doing this on trust,you should understand and you should know that as a trained military expert I will always play safe in case you are the bad type,but I pray you are not because USD$12.8million USD is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone.
I wait for your response so we can go on. In less than 7days the money should have been noted on your account and I will come over for my money.I will give to you 30% of the sum and 70% is for my dream.
I hope I am been fair on this deal.
you can contact me with this email,
Capt Mark Henry

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