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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: "Joan Edgar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:24:25 -0400
Subject: Your Urgent Help Needed !

CampMXP-512 Third Infantry Division Unit (T.I.D.U),
Abul Uruj, Baghdad, Iraq.

Dear Sir,

This mail will definitely be coming to you as a surprise,but let me introduce myself to you. I am Joan Edgar, an American soldier, currently serving in the third infantry division Unit in Iraq.

I am currently on duty break outside my base. I and a colleague of mine, secretly moved some abandoned cash in a mansion belonging to the former president, Saddam Hussein and the total cash is US$5,200,000.00 (Five Million two hundred thousand Dollars). As I write this letter to you, this box containing this cash has been secretly moved out of Iraq to a security company. You do not have to be afraid of anything as no one else knows about this and everything is safe.

I would be pleased and grateful to you if you could assist us in receiving this box containing this cash for us Of course, we will give you 30% for your efforts. We have limited time now, kindly get back to me immediately. All I want from you is your honesty,trust and assurance that if the box gets to you, you can keep it in a safe place and help in investing the money until our arrival. Please get back to me as your response will determine our subsequent correspondence.

You can read more on this website for more information's and explanations Please do not expose us even if you are not interested. Lets all Communication be by email or facebook because the us government monitor all telephone communication to Iraq for security reasons.



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