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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: Spc Larry Park <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:19:17 +0100
Subject: From your friend Spc Larry Park


I am Spc Larry Park a war veteran with the NATO troop in Afghanistan, on war against terrorism.
I served in the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad Iraq and now serving
in Afghanistan.I will need this property for my private purposes as i
will be relocating to your Country because of some security reasons
and this is why i contacted you so that we can put head together
towards my plans to invest in your Country. As a result of this,it
will be important for me to reveal to you that I have in my possession
the sum of $46.4 million. which i got from crude oil deal in Iraq. I
have been deployed to Afghanistan but I have this box in Iraq and as
soon as I hear from you of your reassurance to assist me then I will
communicate for the delivery with the help of a red cross cargo jet.I
have this money stored somewhere very safe in our camp in Fallujah
Iraq waiting for a moment like this to put the money in good use and
now that I have been moved to Afghanistan I want the box moved without
delay. I have a very profitable investment plans on hand. I cannot
move this money to the United states because I will be in your Country
for about 5 years, so I need someone I could trust. If you accept, I
will transfer the money to your Country where you will be the
beneficiary because I am a currently settling some scores with the
pentagon so I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present
someone as the beneficiary. I wish to let you know that I am sincerely
interested investing in your country in properties and other business
that you might have ideas on and I am surely buying this property on your
prize and I am hoping as well that we can work together on a better and
higher platform considering my relocation to your Country,
I sincerely want to trust you.

I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so I have a 100%
authentic means of transferring the money through diplomatic courier
service. I just need your acceptance and all is done.Please if you are
interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details
you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided
to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why I went
to a secured site where I can be sure that the person is real. I
believe I can trust you. Right now i am very careful with the way i
communicate so as to reduce any kind of risk until this money is
finally in your custody. i shall be communicating to you through email
and would also give you a call when it is necessary so as to inform
you on any important information. I want you to be brave as i
have everything under control. I have every proof of this fund in my
possession to show you that everything is authentic.I am doing this on
trust,so i would want you to put aside any act of greed or the thought
of cheating as we have a lot to gain in this business relationship.
$46.4 million is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone. I am in
Afghanistan right
now and need to secure this money and send it to you if we reach a
proper agreement.I wait for your contact details so we can go on. In
less than 3 days the fund should have been delivered to you in your
address and I will come over for my money. I will give to you 20% of
the sum and 80% is for me. I hope I am been fair on this deal.

Spc Larry Park

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