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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: "Wayne" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:28 -0700
Subject: Col.Wayne


Attn: Dear Friend,

I want to trust you with this confidential proposal. Before I continue, let me introduce myself to you, I am Colonel.Wayne Larry the commander of the Special N.A.T.O coalition  force with the United Nation troops in Afghanistan, on war against  terrorism. I was working with General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan  before he was replaced last June by another General David Petraeus. I am serving currently in a Taliban territory; a  remote Village in Bamyan province to the bustling capital Kabul (CBC's Doc Zone).

Because of series of killing of United States troops in Afghanistan especially the shot down of US helicopter that killed  30 American soldiers on the 5th of August 2011 and the five American soldiers who were killed by a bomb in Afghanistan on  Thursday. After this series of killing I and my colleague decided to share the money we recovered on our raids on  terrorist's camp in Afghanistan. I have now in my possession the sum of US$13 Million (Thirteen million US Dollars).

I have carefully packaged the money in a box, I have made contact with a friend who is working with the RED CROSS office here in Kabul. He will assist me move the consignment out of the trouble area down to your country which would be the only safer means of moving it out of this hell place, Arrangement has been fully made to move out the Consignment as a diplomatic luggage, I have already told him that the luggage belongs to one of our soldier that died during the attack but before giving up he told me to make sure the luggage get to his family successfully,for safe keep and to make contacts for its proper use.

So I need someone I can work with on trust and that is why I contacted you. So if you accept, I will put you forward as  the beneficiary/owner of the funds and then the box shall be registered for delivering on your name as the beneficiary and the RED CROSS Agent will deliver the box to you anywhere in the world. I just need your acceptance and all is done. I have 100% assurance that you will surely receive the box without any hitch through RED CROSS CARGO SHIPMENT, as every arrangement will be handled to proceed to your country.

Once I confirm your interest to my proposal, and your positive reply I will proceed with the arrangement to move the consignment out of the trouble area and register your name as the beneficiary then move the consignment to your designated address in your country. I am  willing to give you 30% of the total sum when the money is delivered to you. I wait for your response so we can proceed  immediately. In less than 7days the money should be in your safe custody.

The only telephone access we have here is radio message which is for our general use and is being monitored, therefore all  communication will be via email till we finish our assignment. Please keep it to your self even if you are not interested,  thank God for President Barrack Obama whose keen interest is to call us back home soon.

Colonel.Wayne Larry

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