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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: "Scarborough Kraeger" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 04:54:08 -0800
Subject: Urgent Requested

Attention Pls,

This letter may come as a bit of a surprise but you don't need to ignore it because of the opportunity that came with it. Hope i meet you in good health, would like to discuss something important and confidential but don't know if you would find it pleasant.

Based on my request, i'll need your assistant in investing the sum of $15,500,000USD which i made during my deployment as a US Army but would give more details about the origin of the money.

All i want is for you to receive the money for me, If you're interested in assisting me with this transaction just get back to me ASAP. You'll receive 30% from the total cash and keep the rest safe for me until am back to the State.

Hope you find this as an opportunity as i said earlier and a risk free transaction, await your reply.


Sgt. Scar Kraeger.

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