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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: "Rebbecca Barnes" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2010 19:13:28 +0100
Subject: Personal Details NHLRRHJWOK

Hello Dear ,

No amount of training prepares you for losing someone"

Am Rebbecca Barnes,26 years old,a driver for the medical team in Royal
Logistics corps.The first time i was in Iraq was Christmas 2008,at Basra
Air station,The Atmosphere was oppressive.As the situation improves in
Iraq,there are far fewer incidents and causalities than there were a few
years ago.I'm trained to treat gunshot wounds and bomb blast injuries.Some
money in various currencies was discovered concealed in barrels with piles
of weapons and ammunition's at a location during a rescue operation,and it
was agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us,My
share was 1.3 million USD,this was quite a wrong thing to do,but I tell
you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our
lives in this hell hole.

My Dear to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me,so with the
help of a German contact working here,and his office enjoys some
immunity,I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out
of trouble spot.He does not know the real contents of the package,and
believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid,while receiving
treatment before giving up,trusted me to hand over the package to his family.
There is a secured way of getting the package out to a safer country for you
to pick up,and i will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to
assist me.

I was a hairdresser before joining the army 5yrs ago,it was a big career
change,but i don't have any regret.I'm learning all the time,whether its
how to clean a weapon or how to maintain a tank.Female soldiers are armed
at all times-there's a high risk of kidnapping.We've had a couple of
rocket attacks and I have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks at the base.The
sound is terrifyingly loud but one have to get down on the ground and wait
until it's over.

There's never a point where you think,'what am i doing here?You sign up to
do a job and you have to get on with it.Thankfully,I haven't lost anyone
in action in my squadron.I don't think any amount of training can prepare
you for that.The troops in Afghanistan are loosing men every other
week,which must be so hard.A security pact is agreed between Iraq and the
US,meaning US troops will leave by 2011 by the special grace of God,that's
why i have reached out to you for help.


Rebbecca Barnes

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