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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: "Capt. Thomas Brady" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:27:32 +0100

Hello ,

With trust, i faithfully contact you , I know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go a long way to determine my future and my business prospect.
I am Captain Thomas Brady. 090209-M-3450C-014 II Marine Expeditionary of Multinational Division Centre base in Kabul, Afghanistan, of the NATO Marine Force on Monitoring and Peace keeping mission in Afghanistan and Iraq, On May 23, 2011 we were alerted on the sudden presence of some Terrorists camping in Marzar Sharif . This suburb is not too far from Kabul. After Immediate intervention, we captured (7) of the Terrorists, (3) 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. This served as their camp. Here we recovered several guns, bombs and other Am munitions including some boxes among which two contains some millions of Euros.

I have in my possession the sum of 7.7 million Euros 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 for me because by 3rd week in January 2012 someone will be transferred to another unit in Europe. I will then have time to come over to your country and finish up the PROPERTY deal as I plan to relocate my family to your country. I assure and promise to give you 15% of this fund and you keep 85% for me.

However feel free to negotiate what you wish to have as your percentage in this business.

Please assure me of your keeping this top most secret to protect my job with the NATO Marine Force AUTHORITY. In less than 7 days the MONEY will be in your possession, and i will come for my money. I hope i have been fair to this deal. Get back to me with your full information. Please this is urgent and i need serious person who will keep this money in your country so that we will invest the money in your country.

Get back to me with your full details as soon as possible.

Full Names
Full Address :
Phone Numbers:
Copy of your passport photograph or ID.

I am waiting for your reply, so that I can furnish you with more details.

Captain Thomas.

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