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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: "Mr. Christian Joseph" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 03:16:06 -0700
Subject: From Mr. Christian Joseph


I am. Mr. Christian Joseph and I am a US soldier attached to UN peace
keeping force in Syria. I am the commanding officer of the First
Battalion of the Royal US Regiment. AS you may know, everyday there
are several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombs going on
here. We have managed to move funds belonging to some demised persons
who were attacked and killed through these attacks. The total amount
is US$75 Million dollars in cash.

We want to move this money to you, so that you can help keep our
share for us until when we shall come over to meet you. My partner and
I will take 70%, while you take 25% and 5% shall be map out for
expenses that might be incurred in the cost of the transfer. No
strings attached! Just help us move it out of Syria which is a war
zone right now.

We plan on using UN Diplomatic courier and shipping the money out in
two large metallic Boxes, using diplomatic immunity. If you are
interested, I will send you the full details. My job is to find a good
partner that we can trust and who is ready to assist us. Can we trust

When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your
interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers and
other contact details for quick communication. This business is risk
free. The boxes can be shipped out within 48hrs.Please If you are
Interested in assisting, kindly reply through this PRIVATE and
CONFIDENTIAL Email for further Documentations and briefing, E-mail:

Mr. Christian Joseph

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