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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: "DIAMOND BUSINESS OFFER" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:38:50 -0600
Subject: ATTENTION...!!!

I wish you go through this offer to consider being my partner. I  am Mr. Mark Wilson , from USA FL am a soldier by profession currently deployed in libya on a peace keeping mission with 3RD Infantry Division Battalion Squad, I got your contact through my search for a sincere business partner, I was assigne to lead my troop on riot patrol 3 weeks ago, it was not easy as I thought we had a physical fight with the rebels and two of our soldiers were stabbed to death, I had to rescue them with a Famous businessman that was in a pull of BLOOD, The rebels sexually abuse(RAPE) the wife of the Businessman and her daughter and they finally killed the man before I intercept and I shot two of the rebels but one made escape with a bullet cut. I found a luggage inside the car of the businessman, I open the Luggage and to my surprise I found Diamond. I had to secure the Diamond out the scene for sake keeping, I had to proceed with my Troop on Patrol and I didnt disclose this to anyone a
I investigated that the late man name is  (Dr. Yusuf Yasri ) hes the managing director of Rainbow Gold Diamond Mining company in ( KEN EMA ) Sierra- Leone. However, the precious Diamonds which I presently deposited by myself the same day of the incident in a security and finance company in Tripoli. Now I am skeptical with the problem of securing a trust worthy foreign person to help me transfer the diamonds over to his country pending my arrival to meet with him/her . Furthermore,I only want this done this way because your country is politically stable for any profitable investment and if you accept my proposal, you will serve as the beneficiary of the DIAMOND STONE.
I am giving you the offer as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to assist me, I have decided to give you 25% out of the total money generated from the sales of the diamonds. Secondly, we shall mapped out 5% for any miscellaneous expenses that you may incur during the transferring of the diamonds over to your country.  Finally, the diamond weight in question is 404 Carats. Conclusively, i wish you send me a reply immediately as soon as you receive this proposal, so that we shall arrange on how to lift this consignment out of Tripoli Libya  to your country.
On commencement, this transaction will take lesser or (7) working days to be accomplished. A certificate of  ownership, and the Lab-test result certificate of the diamonds would be fax to you immediately i receive your urgent and positive reply.
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Until then i remain with the best regards.

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