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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: "USA ARMY GENERAL BROOKS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:34:44 +0200

My Friend,it's my pleasure to write you. I am (General Brooks a United State Army General from the United States of America deployed to Somalia for peace keeping mission, I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important issue,Hrabar, i want you to know that we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs and during one of our rescue mission we came across a safe box that contain huge amount of money and Box full with Gold that belongs to the Rebels in Somalia, which I believe was money meant for buying weapons and ammunition, and it was agreed by all Army officers present on that rescue mission that the money will be shared among us and which we did Out of the total fund, my share was ($26,500,000)twenty six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars with Box of Gold .i kept my share in a security company in omar which i though was the safest country to keep the funds hoping when i am out of here i will collect it back, i am sad because of the email i received from the diplomat few

Kindly notify me of your interest Via

Best Regards
General M T Brooks

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