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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: "Lt Andrew Ferrara" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2018 07:47:35 -0700
Subject: Lieutenant Ferrara..

Dear Friend,

Pardon my intrusion; my name is Lieutenant Andrew Ferrara, presently I'm on active duty in Afghanistan.
Please, I have an obscured business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us.

Few days ago, my colleagues and I intercepted a radical Taliban courier responsible for the transportation of huge amount of funds
and on this unfortunate incident, we rounded up a total of US$14.5 Million United States Dollars.
After detailed discussion with my platoon, we came to a conclusion that if the funds are handed over to the Afghan Police,
there is the possibility that the funds will be confiscated for their personal consumption. Therefore,
it was my duty to find a partner whom will receive this fund for the benefit of us all.

With all due humility, I want you to be our partner in receiving this funds.
The funds will be moved out of this country through a air cargo transport means and all you are required
to do is receive the funds and an account will be provided to you, which you will use in transferring our share.

Our word is our life, I personally assure you that this fund has been carefully contained and there is no need to worry about the source
as we will not do anything that will bring problems to you or traced back to us.

For your honest participation in this deal, we are ready to divide the funds into three equal parts, one third will be for you
one third will be sent to my Late Brother's young family, details will be provided to you as time goes on.

See link below to learn more about my family;

If you are willing, please do not hesitate to contact me with your

Full names:

Phone number:

Current residential address:

please send the above information to my private Email : if you are willing.


Lieutenant Andrew Ferrara

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