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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i want to solicit your attention" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "FREDERICK MORGAN" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 20:09:18 -0400
Subject: CAN I COUNT ON YOU?
Good day to you,
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner.I want to solicit your attention to receive money on my behalf.
I am Capt. Frederick Morgan, an officer in the US Army,and also a West Point Graduate presently serving in the Military with the 82nd Air Borne in Kabul, Afghanistan. I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you.I am presently in Afghanistan and I found your contact particulars
in an internet address journal.
I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $14,570,000(Fourteen million Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) to the States or any safe country of your choice, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved. Actually it is part of funds that we discovered recently from the residence of fleeing Opium farmers in Afghanistan.This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hellhole.The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a Canadian contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air
raid, who before giving<
I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Afghanistan for you to pick up If you can be trusted,i will explain further when i get a response from you. Please ensure to reply me Immediately if you want to help me.
Capt. Frederick Morgan