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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: "Sgt. Monica Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 06:44:27 -0800
Subject: From Sgt. Monica Brown.

Dear friend,

I am in need of your assistance. My name is {Sgt. Monica Brown} as I have introduce myself to you in Facebook. I am currently serving under US Military here in Afghanistan against fighters and peace keeping, i am contacting you because of the deal we did with high Government officers which fetched me some money, I have {$4,500,000.00} Million US dollars that i successfully moved out Afghanistan.
it is proceed from oil business deal we did with Afghanistan citizens worth of {$22m} million US dollars, the {$4.5} million stated is my share on the business and its legal. I need a good partner, someone i can trust.

The funds is temporary kept under the custody of a security company, the most important thing i need right now is someone that i can trust to assist me receive the money and secure it for me once the funds gets to you, and i have made up my mind to compensate you with 30% out of the total fund and you keep, 5% for expanses and save guard the remaining 65% for me pending when I am through with my military assignment in Afghanistan. Your own part of this deal is to find a safe place where the funds would be kept.

My own part is sending it to you. 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.

Please kindly reply to my private email:

My regards,
Sgt. Monica Brown

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