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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: "Michael Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:23:51 -0700


Let me start by introducing myself properly to you. It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us. My name is captain Michael Brown I am a war veteran with the United Nations troop in Iraq, on war against terrorism. I served in the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad.

Based on the United States legislative and executive decision for gradual troop withdrawal process in Iraq, I have been redeployed to come and work in your country the platform of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) soon. My redeployment process is currently on course and will take effect soon.

I would want you to treat this deal with utmost sense of confidence and brotherliness. Without mincing words, I would want to confide in you that I have in my possession the sum of 6.5 million dollars which i made from crude oil deal here in iraq.

I want to invest this money in your country as soon as I am deployed, anyway you will advice me on that since I am not a business person. I cannot move this money to the United States because I will be in your country for about 3years, so I need someone I could trust. If you accept, I will transfer the money to you where you will be the beneficiary because I am a uniformed person and I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the beneficiary.

I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so I have a 100% authentic means of transferring the money through diplomatic courier service .I just need your acceptance and all is done.

Please if you are interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary.

I believe I can trust you. Right now I am very careful with the way I communicate so as to reduce any kind of risk until this money is finally in your custody. I shall be communicating to you through email and would also give you a call when it is necessary so as to inform you on any important information. I want you to be brave as I have everything under control. I have every proof of this fund in my possession to show you that everything is authentic.

If you are interested please get back to me with the following information below:

(1) Your full names,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(2) Your full address ..........................
(3) Your Direct Telephone number.....................
(4) Occupation and age...........................
[5]Income per month.............................

This will enable me to be able to prepare all the necessary documentation in your name to enable the delivery of the box to you. I am writing from a fresh email account so if you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this message, if no response after 3days I will then search for someone else.

I am doing this on trust, so I would want you to put aside any act of greed or the thought of cheating as we have a lot to gain in this business relationship. 6.5 million Dollars is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone. I am in Iraq right now on a personal trip to secure this money and send it to you if we reach a proper agreement.

I wait for your contact details so we can go on. I will give to you 20% of the total sum and 80% is for me. I hope I am fair on this deal?

Michael Brown

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