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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: "Col. Brian D. Kent" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:47:16 +0100
Subject: Goodday

Hello my good friend ,

I am Colonel Brian D. Kent, an officer of the U.S Army. I just moved to Afghanistan from Iraq as one of the last batch that just left, During my services in Iraq, I was been able to secure Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollar($3.5 million U.S Dollars) which is my own share of the money we shared among ourselves that belong to Saddem Hussein and his family. i have carefully arrange the said fund in a military consignment trunk box.

I want to hand over this funds to a Trust Worthy Person that we help me keep it safe, till am back from the Camp in Afghanistan in august 2012,could you be trusted? kindly send me your name and mobile number for easy communication.

You will find the story of this money on the web address below. After we have submitted the remaining part
Please kindly keep this transaction Confidential because I am still serving in the Military camp in Afghanistan.

Col. Brian D. Kent
United States Marine Corps. Kabul

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