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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: "Capt Bruce F Nickerson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 13:28:28 +0100
Subject: private mail

Dear Friend,

Good day and compliments, i know this letter will definitely
come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you two take the
hours to go through it carefully as the decision you make will
go off a Long Way to Determine my future and continued existence.
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Capt Bruce F Nickerson, a U.S.
Marine Capt. serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment
Which Patrols the Anbar province, Iraq.

I am Desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up
courage to contact you. I am presently in Iraq and I found your
contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your
Assistance to evacuate the sum of $ 10,570,000 (Ten million
Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) to the States or any safe
country, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your
care until I complete my service here.This is no chair money and
there are no dangers involved.

Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in
barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near
One of Saddam Hussein's old Presidential Palaces during a rescue
operation and it was agreed by all party present that the money
be shared amongst us.This might appear as an illegal 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. The above figure was
given to me as my share and two concealer this kind of money became
a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working
With the UN here (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 as he
believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid
before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close

I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of
Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain
here as I have been lucky to have survived two suicide bomb attacks
by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into
consideration have Prompted me to reach-out for help. If it might
be of interest to you then Endeavour to contact me and we would
work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are discreet
about this mutually Benefiting relationship.

Contact me via my Private box: so that
I can furnish you with more details.

Respect Fully,
Capt Bruce f Nickerson.
United States Marine Corps. Iraq.

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