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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:39:22 -0700
Subject: Sent to you On 20th/August/2014


Please pardon me for choosing this method of communication to reveal this confidential project to you.

I am in a place where I can not be able to communicate by telephone and I am not even expected to be on the internet for long without official reasons.
I commanded a battalion that busted one of the Al-Qaeda underground warehouses where we captured a lot of their weapons and other items in Afghanistan.

On this mission we discovered lots of things including 3 Military Trunk boxes containing starched American real and genuine dollar bills tagged $12.6Million each. I declared two of these boxes in our camp and relocated one of the box as my personal belonging, which I have already sent to the UNN headquarters in UK for onward delivery to any of my relative who I will submit his or her name to them.

I successfully, transferred this Trunk box to the UN office in UK, through the help of the UN Red Cross staff and journalist who worked with us for some period of weeks.

Therefore, if you will be ready to contact the UN office in London-UK, to discuss and receive this trunk box (Cash) successfully on my behalf, let me know so that I will release all the information and how you will go about it to you.

I will like to offer 35% of this fund to you while you keep 65% for me till I come back from this mission.

Please let me hear from you ASAP

Col. Robert Bruce Mundie

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