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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: "Kilkoyne" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 13:50:15 +0200
Subject: Hello can we work and share this together !!! SA

My name is Lt.kilkoyne a member of the U.S. ARMY 4th Battalion, 64th Infantry Regiment, Iraq.I would like to share classified information about my personal experience and role which I played in the pursuit of my career.
I will hold back certain information for security reasons for now until you have visited the website stated below to enable you have an insight into what I intend sharing with you for our benefit.
Confirm if you have visit the site.
Lt.S kilkoyne.
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