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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: "Spc.Philip Newman" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 10:43:00 -0300
Subject: Urgent


It is indeed my pleasure to write you this mail, which I believe will be a
surprise because both of us are complete strangers and have not Meet Before.
I am Spc.Philip Newman of the 1ST Battalion, 75th Regiment, currently Deployed
in Afghanistan, after two previous Deployment in Iraq.

Based on the United States plans to gradually withdraw troops from
in support of The U.S.-led coalition plans to formally hand over security
responsibilities to the Afghan army and police by 2014, I have been
Approved for
withdrawal to your country before the end of first Quarter of this year, The
mission is to work with your countries finest military experts to help beef up
terrorist targeted states, mostly the United States and the European Union on
the war against terrorism.

But i wish to inform you that I have in my sight ,the sum of 16.2 million USD.
Which was recovered from one of our raids battling insurgent attack,
this people
keep most of their money at home for evil activities which they normally get
through illegal deals and donors.

Based on the suffering we undergo here some of us do meet such luck.

It happened that I went for this raid with the men in my unit and i decided to
take it as my share for my suffering as a soldier here in this evil
land filled
with suicide bombers. I deposited this money with a Red Cross agent informing
him that we are making contact for the real owner of the money. It is
under my
power to approve whoever comes forth for this money.

I wish to use this money for charity purposes in Turkey , where we have high
number of refugees and Sudan where we have currently the highest numbers of
refugees displaced as a result of war. You need to visit such places.I am not
forgetting the displaced in India.

I want to invest the money on stock fish from Norway to this refugees because
based on my experience on battle ground in this places, they lack a
lot of fish
and meat to add to their meager and unpalatable meals which they get in little
quantity just to keep them living until God knows when the problem
ends. Instead
of allowing this terrorist to get the money and spend it on purchasing arms
illegally from Russia and China it is better channeled to saving the world.

I cannot move this money to the United States because I will be in Europe for
about 3years, so I need someone I could trust. If you accept, I will transfer
the money to Europe where you will be the beneficiary because I am a uniformed
personnel and i cannot be parading such an amount so i need to present someone
as the beneficiary.

I am an American and a specialist 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 believe i can trust you. Where we are now we can only communicate
through our
military communication facilities which are secured so nobody can monitor our
emails, then i can explain in details to you. I will only reach you through
email, because our calls might be monitored, I just have to be sure whom I am
dealing with.

If you are interested please send me your personal mobile number so i can call
you for further enquiries when i am out of our military network. 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 3 days i will then search for someone else. I am
doing this on trust, you should understand and you should know that as
a trained
military expert I will always play safe in case you are the bad type,
but i pray
you are not.16.2million USD is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone. I
wait for your contact details so we can go on.

In less than 14 days this should be successfully finalized and i will
give you
30% of the sum, while 70% will be kept for my charity plans.

I hope i am been fair on this deal.


Spc .Philip Newman

Webmail - Red Wamani - (IMP)

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