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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: "CLONEL EDWARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:35:57 -0800

My Friend, I am Colonel Edward. From UNITED STATED OF AMERICA. I thank you so much for reading my letter, also sorry for my late reply, believe me , i am willing to work with you, please be specific and honest by telling me more about you and your family, your plans of making use of this fund if you have this money at your resident? are you into business? do you have company of your own, how can i believe that you will not divert the fund when you have it at your custody? Meanwhile. I always believe in pursuing a positive goal that will benefit me and my partner. I have good business idea on Hotel management,Real Estate, Manufacturing of food products, Solar Power plant. Dairy farm , Milk products, etc. The investment will be made according to your choice .

Please get back to me with more details about you. as for me i am Colonel Edward, still in Afghanistan for peace keeping force. I have only one son called Bryan, but with my divorce wife. my mother is old, my father is late.

The amount in question is 10million dollars, let plan on how to deliver it to your house without a hitch. MEANWHILE, this
is agent James Richard Brown Email :

he is in charge of the cargo box, Please write down his email if you did not hear from me again, have
it in mind that you can easily reach him and locate the box.

You can also write me to my private email:


Col Edward

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