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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: "Craig cole" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:00:18 -0000
Subject: Proposal

Hello friend it's my pleasure to write you this message. I am Craig Lewis Cole an American Soldier Sgt. deployed to Somalia for peace keeping mission, I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important issue. I want you to know that this place is not safe for us but we have no option. We are been attacked by insurgents, car bombs in so many occasions.During one of our rescue mission as we normally do, we came across a safe box that contain huge amount of money that belongs to the Rebels in Somalia, which I believe was money meant for buying of there weapons and ammunition. When we get to the camp that faithful day our commander call all the Army officers present on that rescue mission that the money will be shared among usnbecause we lost few soldiers during that assignment, Out of the total money found, my share was ($2,500,000) Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.I kept my share in a Security Company in Turkey which I thought was the safest country to ke
ep the funds hoping when

Kindly notify me of your interest Via email.
Best Regards

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