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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: "M. T. Sayler" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:10:08 -0300
Subject: Shipping arrangement.

I pray that the content of this mail is not misconstrued. I hope to work with you on matter of urgent confidential partnership. I need a trustworthy, honest and reliable partner that can handle this partnership without compromising on confidentiality. I need your assurance that never will you share or go public with this message content.
I am a serving soldier in the U.S. Army and I have had 6years duty tour in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am currently serving in Baghdad. I want to ship 2 boxes containing (US currency) to you which will remain in your care for mutual partnership investment upon my return. The fund is part of the proceed of some $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills flown into Iraq some years back. The cash was distributed with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent and was misappropriated by the Iraqi government officials. I have held access to two of the boxes and contained in it is some amount of money running in millions of usd. Now I want to get this boxes out of Iraq for safe-keep and personal business investment after my tour. Given the content of the box, I cannot personally carry it at the end of my tour. This is why I need your help to receive it for safe-keep and mutual business investment. You can find more information about the source of fund f rom this link.
If you will collaborate with me to claim this funds, I expect to receive an assurance of your willingness and most importantly, maintain confidential. I also expect the required information stated below to enable me arrange for the shipment.
1. Confirm your understanding/acceptance to receive the funds
2. Give your assurance to maintain confidentiality.
3. Provide me with the following information:
  (a) Your complete names:
  (b) Complete contact address:
  (c) Mobile phone number:
  (d) Date of birth:
  (e) Your occupation:
Upon receipt of the requested information, I will proceed with the shipping of the funds to your designated address.
Maj. Meghan T. Sayler
Combat Support Squad,
US Base Camp,
Speicher - Baghdad.

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