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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: "Capt. Michael Richard" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 03:05:16 +0800
Subject: Attention

Hello My Dear,

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found you listed in the Trade
Center Chambers of Commerce directory here in Iraq, I find it pleasurable to offer you
my partnership in business. I only pray at this time that your address is still valid. I
want to solicit your attention to receive money on my behalf. I am Capt. Michael
Richards, an officer in the US Army, and also a West Point Graduate presently serving in
the Military with the 82nd Air Borne Division Peace keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq.

I am on the move to Afghanistan from Iraq as the last batch just left, and i really need
your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of two military trunk boxes which has
just arrived the United Kingdom from the Iraq. I hope you can be trusted? Kindly view
this news blog below for some info

If you can be trusted, I will explain further when i get a response from you.
Nevertheless, re-confirm the following to me as follows.

(a) Your full Names
(b) Your physical mailing address
(c) Your direct telephone numbers
(d) Your occupation.

Please ensure to reply via my private e-mail address:

God bless you and thanks for cooperation in advance.

Capt. Michael Richards

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