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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Andrew Leung" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:49:03 -0400
Subject: How are you doing
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this channel. I got your contact from the professional data base found in the internet Yahoo tourist search. When i was searching for a foreign reliable partner. I assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity.
I am a Canadian Army my name is Captain Andrew Leung. 090209-M-3450C-014 II Marine Expeditionary of Multinational Division Center base in Kabul,Afghanistan, of the NATO Marine Force on Monitoring and Peace keeping mission in Afghanistan,On May 23,2010 we were alerted on the sudden presence of some Terrorists camping in Marzar Sharif . a suburb not too far from Kabul here in Afghanistan. After Immediate intervention, we captured three (3) of the Terrorists,(7) injured.In the process of torture they confessed being rebels for Abu Baqir a Taliban sub-commander and al-Qaida group leader, and they took us to a cave in Marzar Sharif. which served as their camp.Here we recovered several guns and other Ammunitions including some boxes among which two contains nuclear weapons, and the other contains some millions of US Dollars and i have in my possession the sum of 9.7 million U.S. dollars as my share.
I am in keen need of a Reliable and Trust worthy person like you who would receive the MONEY,secure and protect the box which contains the US Dollars for me because in 3 weeks time some U.S.Army will replace our UNIT in Afghanistan and i will soon come back and finish the deal and relocate my family to your country. I assure and promise to give you 30% of this fund and you keep 70%for me, however feel free to negotiate what you wish to have as your percentage in this business.
It is never a stolen money or illegal money but because were on duty to bring peace in Afghanistan many soldiers lost their life and no amount of compensation that may bring back the life of dead soldier then consider how the family will feel,that is the reasons my unit decided to share the money among us but return all the guns and ammunition's to our Camp,it is official and that's the reason i need your assistance to ship the box to any save location of your choice.
Please, i trust you to maintain absolute secrecy and confidentiality to protect my job,myself and the money. In less than 5 days the box should be in your possession and i will give you further instructions.But you must know that i have taken precautionary measures to secure the money.The box is coded with high security gadget so am the only one that has the right combination to unlock it.Please send the following information so i can proceed.
Your full name ............................
Your full address ..........................
Your direct phone number ................
Your Age .......................
Captain Andrew Leung