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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:

Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 21:19:01 +0100
Subject: Re: Wish U a very Happy Season

Compliment of the season,

I am Sgt.Monica Lin Brown, originally from Lake Jackson Texas USA. I personally made a special research on Internet address book and I came across your information. I am presently writing this mail to you from U.S Military base Kabul Afghanistan I have a secured business proposal for you. Reply me if interested for more info on my private E-mail (

Await your earliest response and God Bless you.

Best of luck,
Sgt Monica Lin Brow
Reply to:

Soy Sgt.Monica Lin Brown, originalmente de Lake Jackson, Texas, EE. UU. Personalmente realicé una investigación especial en la libreta de direcciones de Internet y encontré su información. Actualmente estoy escribiendo este correo desde la base militar de los EE. UU. Kabul, Afganistán Tengo una propuesta comercial segura para usted. Responda si me interesa para obtener más información sobre mi correo electrónico privado (

Espere su respuesta más temprana y Dios los bendiga.

La mejor de las suertes,
Sgt Monica Lin Brow
Responder a:

Ik ben Sgt.Monica Lin Brown, oorspronkelijk uit Lake Jackson, Texas, VS. Ik heb persoonlijk speciaal onderzoek gedaan naar het internetadresboek en ik heb je informatie gevonden. Ik schrijf momenteel deze e-mail van U. Militaire basis Kaboel Afghanistan Ik heb een beveiligd zakelijk voorstel voor u. Beantwoord me als je geïnteresseerd bent in meer informatie over mijn privé e-mail (

Wacht op je vroegste antwoord en God zegene je.

Veel succes,
Sgt Monica Lin Brow
Antwoord op:

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