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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 Tamara Williams <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:34:30 -0700


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 Afghanistan. I need your sincere and truthful friendship. My
name is Sgt Tamara Williams. I am serving as a Marine Corps in United
States of America Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan.

I have $ 6.5 Million US dollars that i successfully moved out of the
country. I need a good partner someone i can trust. It is oil business
money we did with Afghan citizens worth of 42 million US dollars, but
the 6.5 million US Dollars stated is my share on the business and its
legal. I have successfully moved the funds out of Afghanistan as a
family valuables with help of Universal Morgan Trust security 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.

My Regards,

Sgt Tamara Williams

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