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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MIKE COLE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 02:35:58 -0500 (CDT)
I am Captain Mike Cole. 090209-M-2550C-014 II Marine Expeditionary of
Multinational Division Center base in Kabul,Afghanistan, of the NATO
Marine Force on Monitoring and Peace keeping mission in Afghanistan,On
february 23,2012 we were alerted on the sudden presence of some
Terrorists camping in Marjah. a suburb not too far from Kabul here in
After Immediate intervention, we captured three (3) of the Terrorists,(7)
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 Marjah. which served as their camp.
Here we recovered several guns, bombs and other Am munitions including
some boxes among which two contains nuclear weapons, one filled with hard
drugs(cocaine) and the other four to my amazement contain some millions of
US Dollars and i have in my possession the sum of 9.7 million U.S. dollars
as my share.
I am in keen need of a Reliable and Trust worthy person like you who would
receive the box,secure and protect the box which containing the US Dollars
for me because before October some U.S.Army will replace in Afghanistan
and i will soon come back to see my family. I assure and promise to give
you 30% of this fund, 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 on Monitoring and Peace keeping mission in
Afghanistan. In less than 4 days the box should be in your possession, or
where they will deposit it before it can get to you and i will come for my
money. I will give you 30% of the money and 70% for me. 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 move this money to Europe or
America so that we will invest the money in his country.get back to me as
soon as possible.
Your full name ..............................
Your full address .............................. .........
Your direct phone number ................
Am waiting for your reply so that I can furnish you with more details.