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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: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:10:32 +0200
Subject: God Bless You. General Austin Scott Miller. Kabul Afghanistan US
ARMY 2018

Greetings To You

My name is General Austin Scott Miller. I'm American
soldier,presently Serving in Afghanistan as US Army LT General
commander here in Afghanistan, I'm very desperate in need for your
assistance, I have decided to contact you for your kind assistance to
received the two military trunk boxes which contain the sum of
$40,million united states dollars,that already arrived in USA from
Afghanistan, if I can be assured that my share will be safe in your
care until I complete my service. I want to invest this money and your
assistance is urgently needed to accomplish this task. I am ready to
compensate you with 30% of the $40 million USD for your assistance. I
do not know how long we will remain here. I will explain further when
i get a response from you. Kindly contact me on this email address
below: (

you can watch this video, is my video below:

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network failure.

God Bless You.
General Austin Scott Miller.
Kabul Afghanistan

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