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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: "CAPT. JAMES CROSBY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 04:37:54 -0700
Subject: Your assistance is needed

I got your contact through my search for a reliable person. I can trust.  It comes as a business proposition to you this is a great opportunity. I
have a burden that dwells with me at the moment, and I wish to settle this with you in trust and confidentiality. I would want us to work together
like blood brothers.
Please allow me to introduce myself,I am in the Polish Army my name is Capt. James  Crosby, of Polish brigade-level Task Force (White Eagle) and
thenInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base in Kabul,Afghanistan, of the NATO Marine Force on  Monitoring and Peace keeping mission in Afghanistan against Taliban.
Based on the  United States legislative council with NATO-ISAF mission, should start leave  Afghanistan,conciliation with Afghanistan National
Association (ANA) authority  going on.
I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I am presently in Afghanistan. I am seeking your assistance
to evacuate the sum of $11,900,000,00(Eleven million Nine Hundred Thousand US dollars) to the States or any safe country of your choice, as far I can
be assured that it will be safe in your care until the shipment of our special belongings out off Afghanistan,the U.S.president Barack Obama said
the deadline is end 2012,all  U.S.troops and NATO that is working in hand with Afghanistan Government against Taliban will evacuate before end,2013.
This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved.
Clarity on the root of this money.
Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Kandahar
province the Taliban CAMP during a rescue operation and the UNIT COMMANDER was agreed to shared the money among my UNIT,this might appear as an
illegal thing to do but i  tell you what,No compensation can make up for the risk we taken in our lives to bring peace in Afghanistan.
The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became problem for me, so with the help of a Red Cross Diplomatic
Agent contact working with the NATO here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location and secured,stored
entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air
raid,and before giving up trusted me to hand over  the to his family.
I would invest the money in your country as soon as you agree to keep this fund safe in your country for business and other investment purposes
through you, but you will advise me on that because I am not a business culture person.
I need to get the package out before itís too late,this and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might
be of  interest to you then Endeavor to contact me and we would work out the necessary formalities but I pray that you are discreet about this
mutually benefiting  relationship.
In less than 4 days the box should be in your possession and by ending of my service here  i will come for my money. i will give you 30% of the
total  amount and 70% for me. I hope i have been fair to this deal. Get back to me with your full information:
Your full name .............................
Your full address ............................. .........
Your direct phone number ................
Am waiting for your reply so that I can furnish you with more details.
respectfully Yours,
Capt. James Crosby

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