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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 19:15:18 +0200
Subject: Hello friend

Hello friend,

My name is Sgt Henning Hansen,I am in the Engineering military unit herein
Ba'qubah in Iraq,we have some amount of funds that we want to moveout of
the country.But we are moving it through Diplomatic means, to send it to
your house directly or a bank of your choice using Diplomatic Courier
Service, Once the funds get to you, you take your 30% out and keep our
own70%.The most important thing is that can we trust you? Waiting for your
urgent response via my privateemail;
Sgt Henning Hansen.

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