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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: "Major General Robert B. Abrams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:46:24 -0400
Subject: :":":":ACT AT PLEASE:":":

Dear Sir,
I was just searching through trade commerce and I saw your profile I decided to stop by, After going through your profile I felt you could be of help to me, I am on the move to Afghanistan from Iraq as the last batch just left, and I really need your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of two military trunk boxes which has just arrived in the United State from the Iraq. I hope you can be Trusted?. Get back to me with your intrenst. God bless you and thanks for cooperation in advance, Profiles:">
Best regards,
Major General Robert B. Abrams

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