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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.Nelson Dillon" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 07:13:37 -0300

My name is Sgt. Nelson Dillon, serving in the Engineering military unit in
Ba'qubah in Iraq. As you know, we are being attacked by insurgents
everyday and car bombings.we found some money here in Baqubah in Iraq, we
cannot keep this money in the bank,because we are working for the
government,My partners and I need a good partner/individaul, someone we
can trust and We want to move this money out of iraq to a
reputable/sincere person for investment purposes.

We plan on using a diplomatic means to ship the money out as military
cargo, using diplomatic immunity.This is the reason for contacting
you.Once the funds get to you,take your 30% out and keep our own 70%.. The
only thing we require from you is just for you to help us find a safe
place where the funds can be sent to,because Iraq is a war zone. If you
are interested get back for more details.Email:

Sgt.Nelson Dillon

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