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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: "Capt. Heinz" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:20:04 -0800

Dear Friend,

Thanks for your mail. I apologize for my late response; it's due to the nature of my job here in Iraq. Since your last email on the month of June, I couldn't reply back because my troops were camping at the road to the Al-Qa'im border that makes it difficult for me to check my mail.

I have finally secured the money as being agreed with all the required documents in respect of the funds transfer as am ready now to transfer the money to your designated Account, only what I need is your assistance, trust and sincerity, don't betray me. You are required to send your BANK ACCOUNT details as well as your private telephone number for easy communication as I cannot leave Iraq because of the nature of my work.

I will transfer the funds through HSBC BANK as I have discussed with the Bank Manager, They do International fund transfer. I will not transfer the funds at once, I will be transferring $200,000.00 {Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only} per transfer to your bank account for security reasons as your share still remains 30% of the total funds.

Please contact me via my private e-mail:


Capt. Heinz

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