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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: "Sgt.Vincent M Brian" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:20:09 -0700
Subject: Sgt.Vincent M Brian

Good Day
My name is Sgt.Vincent M Brian, i am a US soldier serving on the platform of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Our mission is to help beef up terrorist targeted states, mostly the United States and the European Union on the war against terrorism, when i am work with United Nations troop in Iraq,i came across with sum of 100 million USD, which we got from a crude oil deal in Iraq before i was deployed to a troop in Afghanistan on war against terrorism.
Meanwhile, i want you to help me receive this fund which was on BBC website for proof that you will have the fund through two consignment box, below is the information to view it on website: that you must eceive it, I guarantee and ensure you that this is a risk free deal which you can receive it if you help me and I want you to know that i have successfully moved these funds out with the help of a Red Cross agent.
I just need your acceptance to receive these funds on my behalf,Since the death of my partner, my life is not guaranteed here anymore, so I have decided to share these
funds with a reliable and trusted person than the funds being dumped at a great risk. Your attention is needed now so that i can provider you the documentation to claim the box from Delivery Company Canada.
Sgt.Vincent M Brian

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