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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:01:30 -0400
Subject: AM GLAD I FOUND YOU....

Dear Friend,

I am SSgt. George Ramos, a US Marine served in the Hqs. Multinational Corps Iraq afterward enrolled with a private military

contracting firm Blackwater, which is now known as Academi and I Am presently in Afghanistan, and my unit Patrols the Kabul


I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I must say that I am very uncomfortable

sending this message to you without knowing truly if you would misunderstand the importance and decides to go public. In this

regards, I will not hold back to say that the essence of this message is strictly for mutual benefit between you and me and

nothing more.

I am presently in Afghanistan like I said and I found your contact particulars in an internet address journal. I am seeking

your assistance to evacuate the sum of $30,570,000.00 (Thirty million Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) to the States or

any safe country of your choice, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service


I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Afghanistan for you to pick it up. I do not know for how long I

will remain here as I have been lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention . This and other

reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help, If it might be of interest to you then endeavor to

contact me and we would work out the necessary formalities, but I pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting


I want you to understand that this is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved. Actually it is part of funds that we

discovered from the residence of fleeing Opium dealers in Afghanistan.

Contact me via my private mailbox: ( or ( so that I can furnish you with

more details.


SSgt. George Ramos
Email: ( or (

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