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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: "LT COL Garabrant Brandon" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:47:24 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY


My name is LT COL Garabrant Brandon, I was born on October 6, 1955, I started my career in the army reserve and a name based on OSUT 108 infantry Division in Texas City. I served in various positions in the 82th Infantry Battalion of the US Army, I work in Iraq in the capital city Baghdad b/w 2002 to August 2008 then later was posted to Kabul capital city of Afghanistan for peacekeeping till date.

I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of (US$10 Million Dollars) to your country for Investment
SOURCE OF MONEY: squad US 3rd Infantry Division found money in various currencies in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location Baghdad belonging to Iraq Government part of the fund was Saddam’s boys used during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by all parties present that part of the fund be shared among us. The above figure was given to me as my share.
I will give you more information when I am sure that you are willing to assist me..
Kindly fill up the below requirements in respond.

1. Your full name:
2.Your contact address
3.Your country:
4.Contact phone/fax number
contact me on my private
LT COL Garabrant Brandon

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