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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Captain Andrew Leung" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:41:56 +0000
Subject: Re:

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

Your full name ............................
Your full address ..........................
Your direct phone number ................
Your Age .......................

Please reply directly to my email address:(

Captain Andrew Leung

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