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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: "UN Col. Sande"
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 02:25:41 -0500
Subject: Can I trust you? (awaiting your response)

Hello friend,

I want to trust you with this confidential proposal. Before I continue, let me introduce myself to you, I am Col. Sande Cohen, 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 General David Petraeus. I am serving currently in a Taliban territory; a remote Village in Bamyan province to the bustling capital Kabul (CBC Doc Zone).

Because of series of killing of England/United States troops in Afghanistan especially the shot down of UN helicopter that killed 30 American soldiers and 12 England Soldiers on the 5th of July 2015 and the five American soldiers who were killed by a bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday last week. After this series of killing, I and my colleagues decided to share the money and valuables we recovered on our raids in terrorist camp in Afghanistan. I have now in my possession the sum of US$27.5M (Twenty seven million, five hundred thousand US Dollar) and 75kg of Pure Gold.

I have carefully packaged the money inside the Gold box, sealed with an inscription ''FALLEN HERO'S LUGGAGE’’; I have also made contact with UNITED NATIONS here in Kabul. They will assist me move the consignment out of the trouble area down to your country, which is the only safer means of moving it out of this hell hole, I will deposit with the United Nations as a diplomatic luggage and will inform them 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

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 consignment and then the box shall be deposited on your name as the beneficiary and the UN Agent will deliver the box to you anywhere in your city. I just need your acceptance and all is done. I have 100% assurance that you will surely receive the box without any hitch through United Nations; every arrangement will be made to proceed to your country and deliver to you.

Once I confirm your sincerity and readiness to take delivery of this fortune, 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 country through UN office. I am willing to give you 50% of the total sum including the Gold. I wait your response so we can proceed. In less than 7days the consignment 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 absolutely confidential even if you are not interested, and I shall look out for someone that might be interested as soon as possible since I will soon complete my contract and return home.

Col. Sande Cohen
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