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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Oscar Pierce" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:33:56 -0700
Subject: I need your urgent attention

Hello Sir/Madam,
I want you to be patient and read my offer very carefully. My name is Oscar Pierce. I am from Tennessee United States of America. I am a military doctor from united states of America, Among the 75 medical aid volunteer workers  currently working in Damascus Syria on one year medical relief mission. But  All my life in the military i have been dealing with Gold Bars business with the help of top officers in the military through the influence of my late father who was also a united state soldier,In fact he was among the troop that discovered some huge amount of money in Baghdad neighborhood in 2003,You can go through this web link to understand events that took place in Iraq.
Please can I trust you? To ensure confidentiality on my purpose of moving some of my personal and valuable belongings here in Syria to you for safe keeping till my mission here is over. Right now i have an urgent purpose to contact you for this and i pray you could be of a good help to me despite we don't even know about each other.
I want to inform you that i have in my possession the total sum of 18. 5 million dollars (Eighteen million five hundred thousand U.S dollar) Belonging to my late father which he buried in Aleppo forest in Syria, i got the forest MAP location from my late father before he died,Right now, the money is still secured in a diplomatic box at the Red Cross office and I have made solid arrangements on how to transfer it to anyone who accepts to act as the beneficiary of the funds . I have emergency need to transfer this money out of Syria within few days or I may lose it as the situation gets worst.  Syria is now very dangerous for doctors and other aid workers as the air strikes continue incessantly, commercial activities have been crippled in major cities in Syria, banking houses closed down, homes shattered and thousands flee into refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan. I am assuring you that I will give you 30% of this funds. if you can help me and receive this money in your co! untry.
My offer is to send the whole money to you and when you receive it and confirm the total amount, you will take the agreed percent and will keep the remaining balance for me till I arrive. I will give you 30% commission for your help.
I want to confidently inform you that no one knows about this money and I have concluded arrangements on how to transfer it through the help of the Red Cross organization. I discussed secretly with a pilot that works under the Red Cross here in Syria and they accepted to deliver the consignment through diplomatic cargo air service. I package the funds in a diplomatic box and will deliver it to you through a help of a diplomat.
Please help me so we can use this fund to help others and also our selves and our families.
Please contact me directly on my personal email:
Thanks and best regards,
waiting for your Quick response.

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