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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: "Sgt.Narlin Andrei" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:22:14 -0300
Subject: re

Good day to you, before I proceed, I will want you to Click Copy this link
to get the full story:

I am Sgt.Narlin Andrei, a US Marine Sgt. Serving in the 3rd Battalion,
25th Marine Regiment that Patrols the Anbar province, Iraq. I am
desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to
contact you to receive. I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact
particulars in an address journal.

Being that you have view the full story with the I will need your quick reply to enable me
give you details on how you can be of help to me.

Email me with:

Sgt.Narlin Andrei
United States Marine Corps. IRAQ

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