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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: "Corporal Amanda Cox" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:44:28 +0700
Subject: Re:From Corporal Amanda Cox {U.S ARMY}

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner. I found you
listed in your email Database and 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 funds on my
I am Cpl Amanda Cox,a Corporal in the US Army,and presently serving
in the U.S Military Peace keeping force,currently deployed in Afghanistan.
We were moved to Afghanistan from Iraq as the last batch just left, and i
really need your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of my funds.
Worth $28.9 million USD I hope you can be trusted? Right now i am injured
Receiving treatment here in Afghanistan.
You will be rewarded handsomely if you could help me secure the funds
until I conclude my service here. If you can be trusted, i will explain
further when i get a response from you. Please ensure to reply via my
private e-mail address for confidentiality:
Note: You can go through the website to understand a little bit of what am
See website:
God Bless America, More Power.
Cpl Amanda Cox

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