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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: "Sgt.Anita Shaw." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:45:26 +0100
Subject: '' Can I Trust You?

Dear Friend, Greetings, I really wish to have you as my good friend and also wishes to entrust some funds into your care but I have already send the fund out of Iraq. I need your sincere and truthful friendship. My name is Sgt. Anita Shaw. I served in Iraq but now I am serving with the 82nd Airborne Division Peace keeping force in Afghanistan. I have $20 Million US dollars. I need a good partner someone I can trust. It is oil business money we did with Iraq citizens worth of $100 million US dollars, but the $20 million us dollars stated is my share of the business and its legal. I have successfully moved the funds out of Iraq as a family valuables with help of a Finance Company through their branch in Middle East. The most important thing is ''' Can I Trust You? Once the funds get to you, you take your 30% out and keep my own 70%. Your own part of this deal is to find a safe place where my part of the funds will be until I come and meet with you for discussions on investment plans, but I have more interest on Real Estate or any other profitable investment . If you are interested I will furnish you with more details. But the whole process is simple and we must keep a low profile at all times. I look forward to your reply and co-operation, and I thank you in advance as I anticipate your co-operation waiting for your urgent response. My Regards, Sgt.Anita Shaw. Please you can as well view my news website bellow:
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