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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: "Johnson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 03:31:59 +0100
Subject: From Mr. Daryl Johnson Get Back To Me Soon.

My name is Daryl Johnson and I am an American soldier who served in the Military. I did my first tour of duty at the incept of the war in Iraq and served my country for 3tours. However, the reason of the war was not justified. We found no Weapon of mass destruction (WMD). I discharged voluntarily, if you know what that means.
I am presently resident in Ontario Canada. On the 20th April, 2003 while invading the capital of Iraq, I and my colleagues were among the platoon that led attacks into one of the palaces of Saddam Hussein. In the process we came into possession of eight hundred million United States dollars $800M USD.
These funds belong to Late Saddam Hussein, families and possibly cronies. We returned a total of six hundred and fifty million United States dollars to the appropriate quarters and the balance of one hundred and fifty million was disbursed among our platoon. I and two other officers all resident in Canada were entitled to twenty five million USD of this amount. It has been seven years since this happened and we believe itís time to make use of these funds.
Summarily, we want to move these funds to a reputable/sincere person for investment purposes, and disbursement to us. This is the reason for contacting you.We are ready to compensate you with good percentage of the funds. The only thing we require is just for you to help us move the funds out of Iraq because the war is about to wind down. The funds are presently deposited with a security company operated by an American business man. He also is unaware of what we have in the deposit box and neither is the funds deposited in any of our names for obvious reasons.
We advise, using diplomatic means to ship these funds out as military cargo, covered by diplomatic immunity. There is a provision for such services for Americans and British in Iraq through an attorney or director of the security company.
If you are interested full details can be sent to you ASAP on receipt of your response. My job is to find a good and respectable partner with great repute we can trust to assist us. Can we trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone numbers for further correspondence
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Daryl Johnson

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