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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: "Raymond Jones" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:06:12 +0100

This is Sgt. Raymond Jones serving in the US military in Afghanistan with the army infantry division, and at present stationed in Tangi Valley, Of Maidan Wardak Province. I will like to share some very vital information that would bring some good financial returns to us in just a few weeks or days depending on how fast we pursue the matter. This may not be the best medium to make this kind of contact because of the numerous scam offers transmitted through the Internet, but it is all I have access to for now.

I will be very grateful if you can give me the opportunity to discuss this matter with you by assuring me that you will not use any part of it against me in anyway, I hope you understand my limitations here. Should you have reasons to reject this offer, please destroy this mail as any any leakage will be bad for me.

please reply me at { }
I await your comments
Kind Regards,
Sgt. Raymond Jones

This e-mail message together with any attachments thereto (if any) is confidential, protected under an enforceable non-disclosure agreement, intended only for the use of the named recipient(s) above and may contain information that is privileged, belonging to professional work products or exempt from disclosure under applicable laws.Any unauthorized review, use, copying, disclosure, or distribution of any information contained in or attached to this transmission is Strictly prohibited and may be against the laws. If you have received this message in error, or are not the named recipient(s), please immediately notify the sender by e-mail and delete this e-mail message and any attached documentation from your computer. Receipt by anyone other than the intended recipient(s) is not a waiver of any attorney-client or work product privilege. Thank you!
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