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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:

Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 02:25:04 +0600
Subject: Can we trust you?

--Hello friend,

I do hope my email meet's you in good health, I'm Capt Wilfred Wilson a
U.S.helicopter maintenance supervisor in the 3rd Infantry Division, in
Syria. I am writing to solicit your allegiance as the custodian to an
asset value of 10 Million dollars that we are transferring out of the

My partners and I are in need of someone we can trust to actualize this
venture. The money is from oil proceeds and is legal. We are moving it
through a diplomatic pouch to your house directly or a safe and secured
location of your choice through a diplomatic pouch. Can we trust you? Once
you receive the funds, you take an awesome reward of 30% then keep our
70%. Your role is to find a safe place where the funds will be deliver.

We seek your utmost rationality and confidentiality in this. If you are
interested reply to then I will furnish you
with more details.

Yours buddy
Capt Wilfred Wilson
God Bless America!!

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