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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. James Bruce Luck" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 20:45:11 +0100

With due respect,

I am Sgt. James Bruce Luck, an American soldier in peace keeping force in Iraq, I am serving in the military of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment in Task Force 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, as you know insurgents everyday and car bombs
are attacking us.

We managed to move funds belonging to Saddam Husein's family in the tune of USD 15 Million Dollars in cash. I want to move this money to you, so that you may keep my share for me till when I will come over to meet you. You are to take 50% of the total 15 Million Dollars and keep 50% for me.
Please No strings attached, I plan on using diplomatic courier in shipping the money out of Iraq in three large silver boxes using diplomatic immunity seal.

The boxes can be shipped out in 72hrs,so If you are interested kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone numbers for quick communication, then I can send to you the shipment details and the flight number and labels.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Good luck,
Sgt. James Bruce Luck

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