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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, 24 Jul 2011 07:08:50 +0700

I am Adam Lewis, a manager of security Storage Company, I have urgent and very confidential business due to the withdrawal of American military from Iraq , please kindly read below
I work with the above mentioned company and need a partner who will come forward to make claim to this deposited box. It was deposited by two US soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, since this deposit was not made on their name, and the real depositor was nowhere to be found and suspected dead. I wish to solicit your partnership to come forward for this claim. This consignment contains a ($25 millions of dollars. Twenty five millions United State Dollars.)
l need honest trust reliable person that can assist me to move this business together. I will give you all necessary information to come forward for the claiming of this consignment I will like to know your interest in order to know what step to take and to give you the details of the transaction, I am ready to go 50/50 with you. You can see the photograph below:

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There are bank bonds worth several millions of USD deposited by soldiers and since then they never came back for it, and you will see them as soon as we meet. Give me your full contact and mobile phone number to enable us proceeds.
Yours sincerely,

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