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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: Andrew Leung <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:03:49 -0800
Subject: Hope You Are OK.
I am a Canadian Army my name is Captain Andrew Leung.
090209-M-3450C-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 May 23,2013 we were alerted
on the sudden presence of some Terrorists camping in Marzar Sharif . a
suburb not too far from Kabul here in Afghanistan. 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
Marzar Sharif. which served as their camp.Here we recovered several guns
and other Ammunitions including some boxes among which two contains
nuclear weapons, and the other contains some millions of US Dollars and
i have in my possession the sum of 11.7 million U.S. dollars as my
I am in keen need of a Reliable and Trust worthy person like you who
would receive the MONEY,secure and protect the box which contains the US
Dollars for me because in 3 weeks time some U.S.Army will replace our
UNIT in Afghanistan and i will soon come back and finish the deal and
relocate my family to your country. I assure and promise to give you 30%
of this fund and you keep 70%for me, however feel free to negotiate what
you wish to have as your percentage in this business.
It is never a stolen money or illegal money but because were on duty to
bring peace in Afghanistan many soldiers lost their life and no amount
of compensation that may bring back the life of dead soldier then
consider how the family will feel,that is the reasons my unit decided to
share the money among us but return all the guns and ammunition's to our
Camp,it is official and that's the reason i need your assistance to ship
the box to any save location of your choice.
Please, i trust you to maintain absolute secrecy and confidentiality to
protect my job,myself and the money. In less than 5 days the box should
be in your possession and i will give you further instructions.But you
must know that i have taken precautionary measures to secure the
money.The box is coded with high security gadget so am the only one that
has the right combination to unlock it.Please send the following
information so i can proceed.
Your full name ............................
Your full address ..........................
Your direct phone number ................
Your Age .......................
Captain Andrew Leung